Weekly Report - 10 June 2021 (WR-21-23)

BRAZIL: Army decision sets alarm bells ringing

One Sunday in May, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro stood atop a sound truck in Rio de Janeiro, having just led a motorcade of some 10,000 bikers through the city, repeating his well-worn anti-lockdown discourse to the throng gathered below. Eduardo Pazuello, an active-duty army general and former health minister (2020-2021), made a brief appearance alongside the president. This almost triggered another rupture between Brazil’s federal executive and the military top brass, barely two months after the unprecedented collective resignation of the previous military commanders [WR-21-13]. A crisis was avoided, but concerns over the politicisation of Brazil’s armed forces are heightened as a result.  

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