Analysis-Bolsonaro risks blowback from joint military parade and campaign rally

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By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) – Efforts by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to turn an Independence Day military parade into a political event for his re-election campaign has become a test of the armed forces’ loyalty, retired generals and analysts said. Bolsonaro is calling on supporters to attend a rally on Sept. 7 – less than a month before the presidential election – along Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach. He also ordered the military to parade there instead of their usual downtown route. That has stoked concerns that the far-right former army captain is dragging the military in…

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