Political violence puts Brazil on alert

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Political violence has marked Lula’s political roadshow. Photo: IL

Less than two weeks after a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman was brutally murdered, Brazil has witnessed two more high-profile episodes of political violence. The first was against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Shots were fired at two of the three buses used in his political roadshow in the southern region of Brazil. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.

On the same day, Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin (who oversees Operation Car Wash in Brazil’s top court) declared in an interview that his family has received threats, but didn’t elaborate.

At this point, all red flags are up. Brazil has...

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