The Roots of Brazil’s Capital Riot Run Deep—and Far

The Roots of Brazil’s Capital Riot Run Deep—and Far
Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro storm the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Jan. 8, 2023 (AP photo by Eraldo Peres).

When supporters of Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed the capital’s seat of government on Sunday, everyone’s mind flashed back to the events of Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. The two assaults on democracy were driven by many of the same forces, with similar ideologies, similar playbooks—and some of the same players.

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