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Why do some Brazilians support a military intervention?

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Late last month, truckers across Brazil went on strike and blocked several highways to demand lower fuel prices and better working conditions. Some of the protesting truckers, however, seemed to go a little bit further, also asking for the return of the military’s authoritarian rule. Several truckers waved banners asking for “Military Intervention Now!”

Until that point, a whopping 87 percent of Brazilians supported the truckers’ movement. But spectators got confused when the group’s agenda seemed to include more than just labor demands. Had the unions involved in the strike really been co-opted by fringe extremist groups?

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