Presidents of Russia and China shake hands ahead of BRICS summit | AFP

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping shake hands ahead of BRICS summit in Brasilia. IMAGES

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Demonstrators shout “coup plotter” outside Venezuelan embassy in Brasilia, after officials opened the doors to opposition leader Juan Guaido’s appointed ambassador Teresa Belandria. IMAGES

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Chile’s Pinera meets with Brazil’s Bolsonaro in Brasilia | AFP

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro welcomes his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia. IMAGES

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Protest outside French embassy in Brasilia | AFP

Around 40 supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro protest against French Emmanuel Macron outside French embassy in Brasilia, after Macron has accused Bolsonaro of lying over Brazil’s stance on climate change. IMAGES

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China’s Foreign minister meets his Brazilian counterpart in Brasilia | AFP

China’s Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi meets with his Brazilian counterpart Ernesto Araujo at the Itamaraty Palace, headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, in Brasilia. IMAGES

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Venezuela’s Guaido meets EU ambassadors in Brasilia

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido meets with ambassadors at the European Union headquarters in Brasilia, during his visit to Brazil for talks aimed at securing more support from President Jair Bolsonaro. IMAGES

Brazil’s Drug Gangs Are Prepared To Go To War Over Bolsonaro’s Gun Crackdown (HBO)

Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, signed a temporary decree on Tuesday fulfilling a campaign promise to tackle the country’s epidemic of violence by making it easier for Brazilians to buy guns.

“I signed this decree, created by many upstanding people, so that at this first moment, upstanding citizens can have peace inside their homes,” Bolsonaro said at the signing ceremomy in the country’s capital, Brasília.

Bolsonaro, a conservative former Army captain, was sworn in as president on Jan. 1 after sweeping to power last year on a hard-line law-and-order platform, pledging to reduce the countrys record murder rate and booming trade in illegal drugs that fuels it.

On the main highway leading into Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Federal Highway Patrol or PRF say they’re confiscating record numbers of illegal guns and drugs. The officers patrolling the road seized 18 tons of drugs last year — a more than 300-percent increase from the year before.

“It’s a traditional route for drug traffickers – not just for drugs, but also heavy arms,” Alcino Galvao da Silva, Unit Leader of the Federal Highway Patrol, told VICE News. “Machine guns, bullets, marijuana, and cocaine… It has grown quite a bit, especially in Rio de Janeiro.”

“Johnny,” as he asked VICE News to call him, has been dealing drugs for the Third Command drug gang since he was 16 years-old. Now at 28 he manages all the drugs corners in the neighborhood and isn’t afraid to defend them by force.

“I can tell you that today I’ve got 35 homicides,” “Johnny” told VICE News. “Fear? We don’t have fear. That’s what we’re here for. To kill and die. We’ll die, but die fighting. It’s our war motto: Die fighting.”

Bolsonaros plan to “give guns to good people,” and ramp up the military’s role by giving security forces more power to shoot and kill armed criminals isn’t getting the drug gangs to drop their guns. Third Command says their stockpilling weapons of war.

“He’s going to take the world into an urban war,” “Johnny” told VICE News. “Instead of us killing the Red Command we’re going to go after the guy who is in the police who listened to one of Bolsonaro’s orders.”

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Bolsonaro v horse: Skittish animal halts Brazilian president’s motorcade

A skittish horse briefly halted the motorcade of Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro during his procession in Brasilia as part of his inauguration festivities on Tuesday.

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New Brazil leader Bolsonaro targets crime, leftwing ‘ideology’

Just sworn in as president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro salutes troops and the public outside the presidential palace in Brasilia, before declaring a crusade against crime, corruption and leftwing ideology as he takes office for a four-year term at the helm of Latin America’s biggest nation.

New Brazil leader Bolsonaro targets crime, leftwing ‘ideology’

Just sworn in as president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro salutes troops and the public outside the presidential palace in Brasilia, before declaring a crusade against crime, corruption and leftwing ideology as he takes office for a four-year term at the helm of Latin America’s biggest nation.

Brazil’s Temer and Bolsonaro attend ceremony in Brasilia

Brazilian far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro and outgoing president Michel Temer attend a Congress session to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Brazil’s Constitution. IMAGES

Police use tear gas, stun grenades in clashes with protesters in Brazil

Brazilian government ministries have been evacuated amid massive protests in the country’s capital, Brasilia. Demonstrators reportedly attacked and even “plundered” some ministerial buildings. Police responded with tear gas and stun grenades.

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Arrows Flying: Indigenous people clash with police in Brazil

Indigenous people from various tribes marched in Brasilia for rights on lands they claim as their own. They staged brief clashes with police in front of the National Congress building. The altercation occurred when small groups tried to enter the Parliament building but were stopped by authorities.

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