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Inside the Massive Pro-Bolsonaro Rallies Shaking Brazil to Its Core

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08.09.2021

RIO DE JANEIRO—Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro answered the far-right leader’s rallying cry on Tuesday and took to the streets in cities across Brazil, stoking fears of violence at the hands of his most radical fans and sowing uncertainty over the country’s democratic health.

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians poured into the streets of major cities across the country, clad in the yellow-and-green soccer jerseys that have become a symbol of the Brazilian far-right. Some draped massive Brazilian flags over their shoulders or wore face masks stamped with the colors.

Bolsonaro appeared at the protests in Brasilia and São Paulo, amid cheers and applause, firing up his fans with a tirade against his enemies. “I want to say to those who want to make me ineligible in Brasília: only God can get me out of there,” he told the crowd of supporters in São Paulo. “Warning to the scoundrels: I will not be arrested.”

In Rio de Janeiro, the president’s supporters spilled into the city’s iconic ocean-front promenade, singing and chanting the president’s name. Some waved signs demanding the dismantling of the Supreme Court and a return to paper ballots—echoing Bolsonaro’s bitter attacks on democratic institutions.

“We are here supporting our president but we are also here supporting our democracy,” said Kátia Menezes, a retired government worker who came out in support of Bolsonaro, clad in a soccer jersey printed with the word “Brazil” on the back. “We are here fighting for our democracy, for our institutions which are being corrupted.”

“Gut the whole Supreme Court—none of them are worth anything,”........

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