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Afraid of reprisal, Sep. 7 rallies in Brasília disguise putschist rhetoric

President Bolsonaro successfully gathered large crowds to demonstrate in his favor on Independence Day, but the anti-democratic messages of last year came through dog-whistle terms

bolsonaro Afraid of reprisal, Sep. 7 rally in Brasília disguise putschist rhetoric
Pro-Bolsonaro militants show his campaign material. Photo: Gabriela Biló/Folhapress

For the second year in a row, President Jair Bolsonaro commanded throngs of supporters who took over Brasília’s Esplanade of Ministries on Independence Day, September 7, to demonstrate in his favor — and, in parts, against the Supreme Court. But while the anti-democratic overtones were similar, the 2022 event had key differences from last year.

The Brazilian Report followed the event, which hijacked attention from the independence bicentennial and turned a date of national celebration into a political rally.

At one point during his speech, Mr. Bolsonaro said he didn’t trust renowned Brazilian pollster Datafolha, claiming that he instead believes in...

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