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“White power” gesture not the first extremist move in Bolsonaro cabinet

Foreign policy advisor Filipe Martins made a gesture linked to white supremacy. It was not the first extremist act in Bolsonaro's government

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Filipe Martins: the architect of Bolsonaro’s Culture War. Photo: Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation

“To all of those sick minds who saw an authoritarian gesture in footage of me adjusting my lapel mic, I’ll sue you one by one.” On Wednesday evening, far-right Brazilian foreign policy advisor Filipe Martins raised a furor during a Senate debate on the government’s progress in procuring Covid-19 vaccines abroad. While on camera and standing behind Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco, Mr. Martins appeared to give the O.K. hand gesture — a symbol currently associated with white supremacy groups in the U.S.

A close friend of Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro — the president’s third-eldest son — Mr. Martins is...

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