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Left-leaning supporters try to sink Bolsonaro rally with fake ticket reservations

The Brazilian president will officially launch his bid for re-election on Sunday. His detractors want to pull a prank to keep attendance as low as possible

Screen displays a speech by Jair Bolsonaro at an event celebrating him joining the Liberal Party last year. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress
Screen displays a speech by Jair Bolsonaro at an event celebrating him joining the Liberal Party last year. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress

In June 2020, hundreds of K-pop fans and TikTok users helped tank a campaign rally held by then-U.S. President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Trump campaign had fielded more than a million ticket requests, but only 6,200 supporters actually showed up — leading a slew of photos of Mr. Trump talking to a largely empty arena.

What happened was thousands of K-pop fan accounts had encouraged detractors of Mr. Trump to sign up for the rally and simply not show up.

Two years later, Brazilian voters are trying to pull a similar stunt against Jair Bolsonaro, their own...

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