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In times of political turbulence, elites often turn to violence. As Bolsonaro’s grip on power faltered, anti-Indigenous attacks in the Amazon exploded, fueled by narratives of hate.
Bolsonaro’s return to Brazil generated less-than-expected fanfare, but the far-right ideology he represents remains very much alive.
Beyond the parallels with the U.S. Capitol riot, the latest assault on Brazil’s democracy is marked by Washington’s long history of anti-democratic foreign policy.