Deja Coup: Brazil's Insurrection

Two years after the January 6 assault on the Capitol in Washington DC, hundreds of right wing followers of the former Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro launched an attempted coup in their country’s capital Brasilia, vandalising the Presidential Palace, Congress buildings and the Supreme Court.


Order now seems to have been restored, but the parallels with the attempt to overthrow Joe Biden’s election are more than co incidental. Bolsonaro was an ally of Donald Trump – like him a nationalist populist - and Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has called those who sought to unseat the democratically elected government of President Lula “freedom fighters”.

Adrian Goldberg hears from Rodrigo Nunes, a Brazilian political analyst from the Catholic University of Rio and author of a recent book on Bolsonarismo 

Produced in Birmingham by Adrian Goldberg.


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