Fear of Electoral Violence Makes Army Change Planning for 2022

Force advances exercises to free troops, worried about polarization and even 'Capitol scenario'

Fearing incidents of violence in the October election or after the election, the Brazilian Army decided to change its work schedule in 2022. All 67 main military exercises planned for the year in the last quarter, have been moved up and will be carried out by September at the latest. After that, all Force personnel must be available for eventual needs.

There were similar situations in the 1990s, but they didn't come to fruition due to lack of money to maintain all operations. Perceived risk change is unprecedented. The conversations of the Army High Command always revolve around the topic of polarization, taking into account the current scenario of electoral polls. That is, a dispute in which former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) is favored, seeking to win in the first round, and in which the current holder of the Planalto, Jair Bolsonaro (PL), still occupies the second position, despite the precariousness of the curve of their numbers.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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