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Rhetoric trumps policy as Rio police kills more than ever

Rhetoric trumps policy as Rio police kills more than ever

On a windy Sunday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro, supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro flocked to Copacabana beach. Decked out in yellow and green, they teemed into metro stations in the city’s southern zone, chanting the president’s moniker from the campaign season: “Legend! Legend! Legend!”

A 10-minute walk away, a smaller group of protesters crowded the shore along Ipanema beach, echoing a very different cry. “Stop killing us!,” they yelled. Numbering in the low thousands, favela activists and community organizers had gathered to protest lethal police action in the city’s...

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