Bolsonaro: the First 100 days

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1811 ... April 23, 2019
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Bolsonaro: the First 100 days

Jörg Nowak

Near the end of the first 100 days of the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro -- the first radical-right Brazilian president since the moderated transition from military dictatorship in 1985 to a democratic regime -- the first meaningful protests, apart from some popular mocking and chants directed against him during Carnaval in February, took place since he assumed office on January 1st of this year.

The protests were occasioned by the order Bolsonaro gave on March 25th to commemorate inside army barracks and military institutions the 55th anniversary of the Brazilian military coup of 31 March, 1964. Bolsonaro stated that he does not regard the military dictatorship as a dictatorship at all but as a regime that had... ‘some problems’.

A few days later, world famous Brazilian novelist Paolo Coelho described in detail how he was tortured during the dictatorship and asked Bolsonaro if he is indeed keen on celebrating this. On the same 31st of March various cities all over Brazil saw demonstrations against this commemoration, and also smaller acts in favour of the dictatorship which led to violent scuffles in the center of Sao Paulo.

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