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Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One prominent Rio political commentator closes all his regular columns with the phrase “A cidade está abandonada” (the city has been abandoned). He’s criticizing the traveling preacher disguised as Rio’s Mayor, who leaves town often.

This week, however, he can’t really say that, because Rio has now been occupied. Occupied, as everyone knows, by Brazil’s armed forces, which have assumed power over local . . .

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