Dias Toffoli: the head of Brazil’s Supreme Court in the spotlight

Dias Toffoli: the head of Brazil's Supreme Court in the spotlight
Chief Justice Dias Toffoli. Photo: Antonio Scorza

Upon leaving an event in São Paulo on Wednesday, José Antonio Dias Toffoli, Brazil’s Supreme Court chief justice, had his car surrounded by protesters. Dressed in green and yellow and chanting in support of President Jair Bolsonaro, they banged on the vehicle’s hood and unfurled a large banner which read: “The Hyenas of the Supreme Court.”

This was in reference to a video posted on the president’s official Twitter account on Monday, which consisted of a scene of an old lion being surrounded by snarling hyenas. Lifted directly from BBC Earth’s Dynasties nature documentary series, the video had been...

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