Bolsonaro asks Brazil military about troops to quell possible unrest

Last week, Bolsonaro fired his defense minister and changed the leadership of the armed forces. He also named a new justice minister, who on Tuesday swapped out the federal police chiefs.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that he had asked the armed forces if they had troops available to control possible social unrest from the COVID-19 crisis, adding to fears that he is pushing the military into a political role.

Critics fret that Bolsonaro, a right-wing former army captain, aims to marshal the army and police as a political force ahead of a fraught 2022 election. He threw his support behind former U.S. President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the 2020 election results, and some worry he is preparing to do . . .

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