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Is Brazil Next?

November 25, 2019

BRASÍLIA - “Could it happen here too?”

During a recent trip to Brazil, this was the question on everyone’s lips - whether the violent protests seen in Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and now Colombia might spread to terra brasilis. In some circles, the paranoia was immense. A government official told me some farmers in the border state of Mato Grosso are arming themselves, fearing “agitators” from Bolivia will invade and burn their crops. President Jair Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo, a congressman, raised the prospect of invoking a notorious dictatorship-era decree that allowed for...

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