Security & Strategic Review - January 2023

BRAZIL: New government faces up to extremist threats

As 2022 drew to a close and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s 1 January swearing-in ceremony as the 39th president of Brazil approached, security fears heightened in the capital, Brasília. Amid ongoing demonstrations by radical supporters of the departing president, Jair Bolsonaro, who rejected Lula’s electoral victory, the threat of a domestic terrorism incident seemed far from unlikely. When a violent insurrection of Bolsonaristas did storm government buildings, however, it was not at Lula’s inauguration. 

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