Brazilians react to Lula’s possible release | AFP

All Brazilian newspapers lead with the possible release of jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after a Supreme Court decision.

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Brazilians ‘hug’ the sea after oil spills | AFP

Some three hundred people gather at Brazil’s Porto de Galinhas beach to give the sea a “hug” in an attempt to show tourists that the waters are clean after recent oil spills.

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Faithful celebrate canonisation of first female Brazilian saint | AFP

Hundreds of Brazilians in Salvador applaud and cheer as Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes, dubbed the “mother of the poor”, is made a saint by Pope Francis in the Vatican. IMAGES

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Our Amazon: Brazilians who live in the world’s biggest rainforest | AFP

Cattle breeders, indigenous teachers and loggers are among the more than 20 million people living in the Amazon in northern Brazil, carving out a living from the world’s largest rainforest. Three residents of Para state talked to AFP about their lives and hopes for the region, where a surge in deforestation and fires this year has sparked a global outcry.

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Brazilians protest against Bolsonaro near UN headquarters | AFP

Brazilians gather close to the UN headquarters in New York to protest against Jair Bolsonaro, as he gives his speech in front of the General Assembly. IMAGES

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‘Stop killing us’ : Brazilians protest against police violence in favelas | AFP

Brazilians protest in Rio de Janeiro against police violence in favelas after an 8-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet during a police operation.

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday August 28th: Tropical Storm Dorian approaching Puerto Rico; Oxycontin settlement reportedly discussed; Brazilians concerned about respiratory illnesses from Amazon fires; Portland, Oregon fire intentionally set.

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Brazilians march against public education budget cuts | AFP

Brazilians take to the streets in more than 80 cities across the country to protest against budget cuts to public education and other measures by President Jair Bolsonaro’s government.

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LGBT+ Brazilians fearing Bolsonaro flee to Portugal | AFP

Portugal has seen an increase in immigration from Brazilians who fear repression from the country’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro is outspoken in opposing homosexuality. In an interview with Playboy in June 2011 he said he would rather his son ‘die in an accident’ than be gay.

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Brazilians react to ambitious pension reform bill | AFP

Residents of Rio de Janeiro react to an ambitious pension reform bill that has passed the first vote stage in the Brazilian Congress. The proposal to introduce a minimum retirement age and increase contributions over a longer period of time is seen as crucial to Bolsonaro’s ability to deliver on other promised measures to shake up Latin America’s biggest economy, which is on the brink of recession.

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Fans bid final farewell to Brazil music legend Joao Gilberto | AFP

Hundreds of Brazilians bid the last farewell to musician Joao Gilberto on Monday at the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro, where the father of bossa nova, who died on Saturday at the age of 88, gave one of his last concerts.

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Here’s the latest for Friday June 14th: Trump accuses Iran of oil tank attacks; Brazilians begin general strike to protest pension reform; Amanda Knox attends festival in Italy and Pink Floyd guitarist puts some of his guitars up for auction.

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Brazilians in Rio don’t believe Neyma’s accuser | AFP

Brazilians in Rio de Janeiro show little empathy to Najila Trindade Mendes de Souza, the alleged victim who accused football star Neymar of rape, saying the reported model was probably angry the footballer didn’t want to continue the relationship, whilst another Carioca believes the accuser should answer for “false accusations.”

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Protest in Brazil against the 1964-1985 dictatorship

Brazilians protest against the 1964-1985 dictatorship in Rio de Janeiro after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro sparked widespread anger by ordering the defense forces to commemorate the overthrow of President Joao Goulart. IMAGES

Brazilians commemorate Marielle Franco’s murder a year on

Brazilians mark the first anniversary of the murder of Rio councilor Marielle Franco with flowers, candles and protest banners during the event “Justice for Marielle,” just days after the arrest of two police officers suspected of killing her. IMAGES of the event organized in front of the Rio de Janeiro’s local assembly, where Marielle Franco was deputy

Tribute to Brazil’s Marielle Franco at crime scene, one year on

A group of Brazilians pays tribute to black gay rights activist Marielle Franco on the first anniversary of her brazen murder. IMAGES of the tribute organized in the street where Marielle Franco was shot along with her driver, Anderson Gomes, in downtown Rio de Janeiro

Brazilians mourn for Flamengo fire victim

Relatives and friends of Flamengo youth football player Samuel Thomas, 15, a victim of the fire at the Brazilian club’s training facility that killed 10 minors and left several injured on February 8, attend his funeral at Vila Rosali Cemetery, in the city of Sao Joao de Meriti, Brazil.

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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