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How Brazil is becoming a key battleground for the global far-right

After Donald Trump's defeat and failed attempts to create a global far-right movement, institutional tensions in Brazil have made the country a crucial theater for U.S. alt-right values

How Brazil is becoming a key battleground for the global far-right
President Jair Bolsonaro addressing a fired-up crowd at CPAC 2021. Photo: Wallace Martins/Futura Press/Folhapress

Brazil’s second edition of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which took place between Friday and Saturday in Brasília, was seen as a chance for a locker room pep talk ahead of September 7, when supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro will hold protests around the country on Brazil’s Independence Day. People from all over Brazil attended the event and there was even a surprise appearance by the president himself, who urged his followers to take to the streets on Tuesday and stand their ground against the other branches of government.

But there was more than mere cheerleading at the...

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