a jan 6 moment for brazil

After Jair Bolsonaro lost October’s Brazilian presidential election to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, many believed that the threat of violence from the defeated leader’s supporters would recede. They were wrong.

Mr. Bolsonaro had spent years sewing doubt and undermining Brazil’s election system, and last week, thousands of rioters stormed Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court and presidential offices.

What happened — and how did Brazil get here?


Jack Nicas, the Brazil bureau chief for The New York Times.

Police officers inspecting riot damage at Brazil’s Supreme Court. On Sunday, supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed the Capitol.
Victor Moriyama for The New York Times

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Jack Nicas contributed reporting.

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