Security & Strategic Review - August 2021

BRAZIL: Lethal violence ticks up

After falling for two consecutive years homicides are on the rise again in Brazil, according to the Fórum Brasileiro de Segurança Pública (FBSP), a local public security think-tank which published its annual security report on 15 July. This means that President Jair Bolsonaro, who had pledged to tackle high violence levels and rising insecurity during his 2018 election campaign, has failed to meet yet another of his key promises (others included reviving the economy and rooting out corruption). Moreover, FBSP researchers suggest that last year’s uptick in lethal violence is actually a consequence of the Bolsonaro government’s policies.  

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