Coup or no coup, the damage to Brazil is done

The U.S hearings into the January 6 Capitol riot have offered Brazil a window of opportunity to address its own democratic risks with the 2022 election approaching. Whether it will heed the warnings or not is another matter

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Doppelgänger of the ‘QAnon Shaman’ during a pro-Bolsonaro demonstration in May 2022. Photo: Eduardo Anizelli/ Folhapress

Since last week, the U.S. legislature has organized a series of public hearings to investigate former President Donald Trump’s attempt to subvert the 2020 elections — a push which culminated in Mr. Trump’s supporters violently storming the Capitol building in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021. 

Upon recalling the events of that day and, to some degree, discovering the extent of the actions that led to January 6, it becomes impossible for one’s thoughts not to stray to Brazil. 

The parallels are clear. Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has made no bones about his intention to reject any...

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