Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said that the military would not refuse an order to take the streets in protest crackdown. Experts believe he is flirting with the idea of politicizing the military. This information is published by Reuters. Here is an excerpt:
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday that if he were to order the military to take the streets and restore order, “the order will be followed,” raising fresh questions about his politicization of the armed forces.
Speaking during a TV interview, Bolsonaro said he would not “go into details into what I’m preparing.” But he said that “if we were to have problems, we have a plan of how to enter the field … our armed forces could one day go into the streets.”
The comments by Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who has long praised Brazil’s two-decade military dictatorship, will do little to assuage critics who fret about his politicization of the military. Others worry about his commitment to a peaceful handover of power in the event of a tight result in next year’s presidential election.
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