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Brazil’s militant middle

What was behind this summer’s protests?

By Misha Glenny   September 2013

“Rubber bullets and tear gas in the heart of São Paolo elicit a very different reaction from when they are used in favelas.” (© Agencia Estado/Chine Nouv/SIPA/Rex Features)

When the Pope-mobile carrying the pontiff took a wrong turning on President Vargas Avenue in the centre of Rio de Janeiro in July, the faithful surged towards the open vehicle, desperate to touch his Holiness and hand over their babies for a quick blessing. The Pope had barely touched down from Rome and already the Rio authorities had to scramble in response…

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