The Heat: Brazil Political Unrest

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What’s behind the violent protests in Brazil? Are they a threat to democracy there?   

Last Sunday, thousands of supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stormed the three most important federal buildings, the presidential palace, Congress and the Supreme Court. 

The demonstrators reject the outcome of the October election which saw President Lula return to office. They want Bolsonaro back in charge. At first, the police in Brasilia did very little to stop the demonstrators. Some 1,500 people were eventually detained. 

Joining the discussion: 

  • Gustavo Ribeiro is the founder and editor in chief of The Brazilian Report. 
  • Alberto Danon, also from Sao Paulo, is a journalist and entrepreneur. 
  • Paulo Sotero is a distinguished fellow at the Brazil Institute at the Wilson Center. 
  • Paulo Cabral, joining us from Rio de Janeiro, is a CGTN Correspondent.