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Legal scholars split over legality of pro-Bolsonaro lawmaker arrest

The House of Representatives will now have to decide whether to uphold the Supreme Court's arrest of Daniel Silveira

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The Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Congressman Daniel Silveira. Photo: Luis Macedo/CD/ASCOM/CN

Brazilian law enforcement arrested pro-Bolsonaro lawmaker Daniel Silveira late on Tuesday night after he published a video online verbally threatening members of the Supreme Court and advocating anti-democratic measures. The case sparked an institutional crisis in Brazil, pitting the Legislative branch against the Judiciary in a conflict over free speech, parliamentary immunity, and the protection of democracy.

In the video, Mr. Silveira called for the return of Institutional Act Number 5 (AI-5), a decree issued by the military dictatorship in 1968 which allowed the government to dissolve Congress and suspend a series of constitutional guarantees, eventually...

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