On a scorching afternoon in the sleepy countryside town of Sorocaba, in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, Adriano Costa e Silva steps out of his latest election campaign meeting with his gun strapped firmly to his waist.

In tow of the serving army major and candidate for state governor are a rabble of neatly dressed and freshly crew-cutted activists of Brazil’s burgeoning far-Right.

After a short meeting – in which it was briefly suggested an opposition candidate from the Left should be "pumped full of lead" – one of the organisers asks the major if he would pose with his service weapon, and the candidate happily obliges.

“Everybody do the Bolsonaro guns!” cries one of the activists, most of…

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