Andrew Downie

Can Lula use the pro-Bolsonaro riots to unite Brazil?

Lula da Silva, President of Brazil (Credit: Getty images)

A week is a long time in politics. Just ask Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. 

On 1 January this year he was greeted by adoring crowds at Brasilia’s presidential palace after being sworn in for a four-year term. Seven days later that same building had been overrun by far-right insurrectionists intent on overthrowing him.

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Andrew Downie
Andrew Downie is a Scots-born correspondent who has spent nearly 30 years in Latin America, much of them in Brazil. He currently divides his time between São Paulo and Madrid

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