Brazil Weekly

Escalating radicalism in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

This week, the dangerous rise of authoritarianism in Brazil, with talks of “civil war” by pro-Bolsonaro military officers. The Supreme Court trial that will settle land ownership issues in Brazil. And São Paulo’s failed “mega holiday.”

Does Bolsonaro want a civil war in Brazil?

Jair Bolsonaro wants Brazilians to arm themselves — in his words, to “avoid a dictatorship.” That “dictatorship,” he says, is represented by stay-home orders put in place by governors, in the hopes of curbing Covid-19 infection rates. “If [people] were armed, they’d be on the street [fighting these decrees],” said the president during an April 22...

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