Alex Cuadros, in a piece published by The New Yorker, picked a recent statement of a Brazil’s Army Antonio Mourao – who said that was a limit to the political chaos the armed forces could tolerate – to analyze the role of the military in the current Brazilian crisis, as well as Jair Bolsonaro’s (a House Representative and a retired Army officer) probable candidacy to the Presidency in 2018.
Brazil is all familiar with military coups, said Cuadros, remembering that the last one, in 1964, brought on a twenty-one-year dictatorship. He also recalls that the Constitution do not allow a military intervention if the country finds itself at the brink of chaos.
But it is clear that many Brazilians seem to be losing lost in democracy altogether. In a poll taken after Mourao’s comments, forty-three per cent of the population said it would support a “temporary military intervention.”