The World Today presents The Latest Insurrection: Brazilian Right-Wing Populism & Its Implications
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Following the inauguration of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brazil, the world witnessed thousands of supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro rampaging through the National Congress, the Supreme Federal Court, and the presidential palace of one of the world’s largest Democracies to protest the presidential election results. Bolsonaro initially refused to concede defeat and sowed doubt about the integrity of Brazil’s electronic voting system, raising parallels to the events surrounding the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol after President Donald Trump lost his reelection bid.
Join Perry World House, the Center for Africana Studies, the Marginalized Populations Project, and the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies for a discussion on what these events mean for Brazil, the region, and the world—and the growing strength of right-wing extremist transnational mobilization behind election denialism. Will former president Bolsonaro and other key players be held accountable for inciting the riots? Do these riots represent the beginning or end of a political movement? How were the riots in Brazil inspired by the January 6, 2021 insurrection in the U.S? Could these riots contribute to creating a global far-right movement that’s opposed to democracy?
Mariana Felix de Quadros, PhD student in Political Science, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
John D. French, Professor of History and African and African-American Studies, Duke University
Michael G. Hanchard, Gustave C. Kuemmerle Professor in the Africana Studies Department
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