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SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In the past ten days at least three supra-partisan social movements were created in Brazil to protect what they claim is the country’s apparently shaky democracy. But the refusal of key left- and right-wing players to join in, and the lack of a single objective to fight, may have weakened the movements even before they took off.

“They may have jumped the gun,” says Marcelo Castañeda, professor of organizational studies at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), of groups like #EstamosJuntos and #Somos70porcento.

“At the very least, they were swallowed . . .

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