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 comment on Bolsonaro order to commemorate 1964 coup

People react after Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro ordered the armed forces to hold “appropriate commemorations” of the March 1964 military coup, while denying it was a coup.

Brazilians commemorate Marielle Franco’s murder a year on

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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 ready to roll for giant Rio Carnival

While heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro delay the opening of the city’s giant annual Carnival, thousands of dancers from elite samba schools roll out their traditional parades of feathers and sequins.

Brazil: people react to Bolsonaro’s upcoming pension reform

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Brazilians mourn for Flamengo fire victim

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Brazilians mourn 10 young footballers killed in a fire

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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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