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‘A clash of two Brazils’: Presidential election divides voters – even gangsters

By Tom Phillips

21 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The Guardian reports on a Brazilian presidential election that has provided so divisive that not even gangsters can agree on a preferred candidate.

A bank robber, a gunrunner and a weed smuggler sat down in a square, surrounded by rifle-toting bodyguards and locked in passionate debate over their country’s political future.

“Life’s been easier under Bolsonaro. It’s easier to get guns. It’s easier to get ammunition,” admitted the gun trafficker as he and his clique pondered the battle for power between Brazil’s far-right president and his challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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