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As Brazil's election day approaches, fear of violence grows

By Paulina Villegas and Gabriela Sá Pessoa

27 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Brazil has a long history of political violence. The Washington Post reports on fears that deep political divisions will now lead to a resurgence of bloodshed.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Marcelo Arruda was wearing a black T-shirt bearing the face of his hero, presidential election front-runner Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the day he was killed.

On July 9, prosecutors say, Jorge José da Rocha Guaranho, drove to Arruda's Lula-themed birthday party, blasting the song lauding President Jair Bolsonaro so loud that the guests could hear the chorus: "The myth has come and Brazil has woken up."

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