Brazil riots: Despite rising fears, new round of protests flop

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As the sun set in the Brazilian capital Brasília on Wednesday, hundreds of police officers were on alert, riot shields and weapons at the ready. Overhead, low-flying helicopters were hovering, with riflemen hanging from the doors, scanning for targets. The potential threat: three soft-spoken protesters. The trio were the only sign of an expected rally from supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro that failed to materialise. “I came to represent the right-wing,” Gustavo, a young Bolsonaro supporter, told the BBC, standing near a long row of police officers several hundred metres from the Congress building. “I didn’t expect a lot of people to come [protest] in Brasília after what the government did,” he added, referring to the crackdown against people suspected of involvement in the riots on 8 January.(BBC)…[+]