Favela Residents Ask Government to “Stop Killing Us” in Counter-Demonstration

Dueling demonstrations from opposite sides of Brazil's political spectrum show how the government's war on drug crime has left its citizens divided.

By C.H. Gardiner

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Copacabana beach played host to demonstrations in favor of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, but just blocks away, several hundred people, including residents of Rio's favelas, gathered to protest the increased state violence that many say the president is encouraging.

The two public actions show the very divided spectrum of Brazil's political sphere which has jumped from populist leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to conservative firebrand Bolsonaro.

At the demonstrations in favor of Bolsonaro, many individuals refused to talk to journalists, citing WhatsApp messages claiming . . .

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