Brazil Government Wary of Protests in Neighboring Countries, Fearing “Contamination”

President Jair Bolsonaro and the government's intelligence services are anxiously monitoring the conflict in nearby countries Chile and Bolivia.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - There is fear that the climate of uprising could contaminate Brazil, which is also experiencing a troubled political moment.

On a trip to Japan, Bolsonaro said on Wednesday (Tuesday in Brazil), October 23rd, that he had called on the Defense Ministry to alert the armed forces in the event of similar protests in the country.

"We are preparing to use Article 142 of the Federal Constitution, which is for the maintenance of law and order if they (members of the Armed Forces) come to be summoned by one of the three powers," the president said.

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