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Weekly Report - 19 August 2021 (WR-21-33)

BRAZIL: ‘Digital militia’ investigation fans tensions

Roberto Jefferson, a Brazilian politician and hardline supporter of President Jair Bolsonaro, was arrested by order of a supreme court (STF) justice on 13 August, as part of an investigation into the possible existence of a criminal organisation that acts online to attack democracy and the rule of law in Brazil. The timing of Jefferson’s preventive arrest has fanned ongoing institutional tensions in the country, particularly exacerbating Bolsonaro’s attacks on certain members of the judiciary.

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