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Anti-democratic protest inquiry exposes rift between Supreme Court and head prosecutor

Institutions in Brasília are warring among themselves. This time around, a Supreme Court justice tries to keep an inquiry on pro-Bolsonaro supporters alive

Anti-democratic protest inquiry exposes rift between Supreme Court and head prosecutor
Supreme Court building. Photo: Marcelo Moryan/Shutterstock

For the last 13 months, Brazil’s Supreme Court and Federal Police have been pursuing a confidential inquiry into anti-democratic demonstrations which took place in several cities in April of last year. Held on a day to commemorate the Brazilian Army, the protests involved a series of calls for military intervention and the closure of the Supreme Court and Congress. Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took part in one such demonstration, gathering outside the Army barracks in capital Brasília.

Directly targeted by the protests, members of Brazil’s Supreme Court set about ascertaining how these acts were organized and funded, in an...

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