Politics and mafias still go hand in hand in Rio

Long-standing links between organized crime groups and politics in Rio de Janeiro were once again evident in this year’s election, with areas under the control of paramilitary mafias voting more heavily for Bolsonaro

Politics and mafias still go hand in hand in Rio de Janeiro
Polling station in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Alexandre Brum/Agência Enquadrar/Folhapress

President Jair Bolsonaro’s last day of campaigning ahead of the October 30 presidential runoff was spent in Belford Roxo — a city in the neglected Baixada Fluminense suburbs of Rio de Janeiro — and Campo Grande, a working-class neighborhood in Rio city’s sprawling west zone.

Mr. Bolsonaro would go on to lose the election to his leftist rival Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with 49.1 percent of the vote to 50.9 percent — but he won 60 percent of the vote in Belford Roxo and as much as 64 percent in parts of Campo Grande. Overall, Mr. Bolsonaro won 52.6...

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