Brazil Daily

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Good morning! We do not usually issue our daily briefings on public holidays — but this Independence Day is a special case, as Brazil is braced to find out how anti-democratic protests egged on by President Jair Bolsonaro will unfold. 

“Tomorrow we’ll storm the Supreme Court”

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Bolsonaro supporters gather at Three Powers Square on September 6. Photo: Luiz Souza/Fotoarena/Folhapress

By 8 pm on Monday, supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro broke through police barricades and invaded the Esplanade of Ministries in Brasília with trucks and cars. The area had been closed off by law enforcement, but security personnel gave little resistance to impede the crowd. “We’ve just stormed in. The police couldn’t stop the...

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