In football, ‘chaos’; in politics, ‘costume rehearsal for the coup’ – 05/09/2021 – Nelson de Sá

The Argentines went from “Brazilian world cardboard” in Olé (below) to “Scandal” in La Nación. But it also made headlines throughout Latin America, along the same lines.

Chilean La Tercera highlighted the “Cardboard in São Paulo”. Colombian El Tiempo, the “Scandal”. The Mexican Reforma, the “Irruption of the authorities” in the countryside.

In the US and Europe, although without making the headlines, the New York Times reported that “Authorities invade the countryside” with “the threat of deporting Argentines”, and the German FAZ, that “Authorities cause chaos in classic” with “bizarre scenes in São Paulo”. Paul”.

In the background, the external news follows the approach of September 7th with statements such as, in the same La Nación, “Tension in Brazil: the risk of a democratic rupture makes everyone nervous”.

In the French Le Figaro, the demonstrations are “an ultimatum to the Supreme” by the “extreme right leader”. In the German Süddeutsche, under the title “Nervousness before the deadline”:

“A perfect storm is brewing, the clouds are getting darker — and there will be elections next year. Bolsonaro is way behind in the polls. Observers fear September 7 could be a dress rehearsal for the coup.”


In the US, national newspapers remain subdued, but sites like Intercept (above) and HuffPost produce stories linking the date to Donald Trump’s similar attempt.

Respectively: “Bolsonaro’s pro-coup rally: the 7th of September is shaping up as the 6th of January in Brazil” and “The version of the 6th of January of Bolsonaro now seems inevitable in Brazil”.


The country’s uncontrolled image extends to the Chinese media, with agencies, channels such as CGTN and newspapers such as the South China Morning Post highlighting that “Brazil confirms cases of mad cow and suspends meat exports to China”.


On the Financial Times home page, “Banco Central do Brasil is forced to restrict the use of its money transfer app, Pix, amid a wave of crime.”


In the Sunday edition of the NYT (below), an extensive report showed how the Paraná River, “an economic lifeline for South America, is drying up”, with attention to the effects in Argentina.

The newspaper blames “deforestation in the Amazon”, where the river’s tributaries originate, and hears from a fisherman: “This is all thanks to the disaster they are making in Brazil. They cut everything off.”

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