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Brazil & Southern Cone - July 2020

Introduction
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues to assail Latin American countries...
Brazil
An emergency monthly payment designed to help Brazil’s economically vulnerable population, notably informal workers, during the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has just been extended...
Last year Brazil was at the centre of international controversy because of deforestation and widespread fires across its Amazon region...
The protests against police violence and systemic racism that erupted in the US in late May – after George Floyd, a black man, was killed by a white policeman – immediately resonated in Brazil, where racial prejudice underpins the socio-economic order, and police forces kill around six times more people per year than those in the US...
‘Fake news’ and the deliberate spreading of misinformation are not the preserve of the far-right – however, there is no doubt that they are an important tool for the radical ‘bolsonarista’ movement that supports President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil...
Paraguay
A Paraguayan proposal to boost cross-border retail sales has been rejected by the Brazilian authorities...
Uruguay
The cold-blooded murder of three marines on 31 May shocked Uruguay...
Chile
“Some people think that the fight against drugs is a losing battle, and are prepared to give in...
Highlights
CHILE| Problems in the mining industry...

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