Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - You may well ask: “Who are the ‘PEC 37’ we see on protesters’ signs and placards?” And you may well also ask: “Why are the protesters against them?” The Curmudgeon knew you would ask, and he has the answers. The answer to the first is: “it’s a ‘what’, not a ‘who’”. The answer to the second is: “because they don’t trust the police”.

PEC is an anagram for a formal proposal to amend the federal constitution pending before Congress. The proposals are numbered serially each legislative session, and

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