“Brazil is Going Through a Dangerous Transitional Moment,” says ex-President

Former president Cardoso stated that the country needs a greater focus on fighting organized crime rather than "persecuting" users of drugs such as marijuana.

By Xiu Ying, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Former Brazilian President (1995-2002) Fernando Henrique Cardoso (FHC) criticized what he perceives as a "punitive" approach by the authorities dealling with crime in the country.

Without directly citing President Jair Bolsonaro's government, FHC used a debate on current drug policy to say that "Brazil is going through a dangerous transitional moment."

"Unfortunately, in Brazil, the idea still prevails that a good criminal is a dead criminal," FHC said in a meeting organized in São Paulo by the foundation that bears his name, in collaboration with the Igarapé Institute . . .

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