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How the right seized Brazil’s national symbols

How the right seized Brazil's national symbols
Once Brazil’s national symbols, green and yellow became political colors

Today is Brazilian Independence Day, and President Jair Bolsonaro has called on all of his voters to take to the streets, dressed in the colors of the national flag, to show their support for the Amazon rainforest. His opponents, meanwhile, have organized their own demonstrations, planning to wear black in protest of the government’s environmental policies.

While these are simply the latest episodes in a series of pro- and anti-government demonstrations called this year, the importance placed on colors this time around—Mr. Bolsonaro’s supporters in green and yellow, his opponents in black—represents a continuation of the appropriation...

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