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Pro-Bolsonaro blogger accused of collusion with U.S. Capitol rioters

The Supreme Court believes Allan dos Santos was plotting an attack similar to the January 6 riots in Brazil

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Allan dos Santos in his home in July, as the Feds raid his home as part of a probe on fake news rings. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress

When thousands of far-right demonstrators stormed the U.S. Capitol building to pressure Congress to overturn the 2020 election results — in which Joe Biden soundly beat incumbent Donald Trump — many in the world saw the act as a chilling warning of the deterioration of one of the world’s longest-standing democracies. Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, meanwhile, saw it as inspiration.

Ever since the “Stop the Steal” rally, the Brazilian far-right has given signs that it wants a January 6 riot to call its own. Social media forums erupted with talks about violent acts in Brazil, and fringe platforms...

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