25 Oct 2018

Street crime and murders soaring in Brazil

Home Affairs Correspondent

On Sunday, Brazilians will go to the polls to chose their next President. The far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro looks set for victory, after a divisive campaign that’s combined inflammatory rhetoric and nostalgia for an authoritarian past.

But it’s Bolsonaro’s promises to crack down on drug gangs and clean up the streets that have won him some of his most enthusiastic backing in a country experiencing rampant street crime and a record murder rate.

Our Correspondent Andy Davies is in Rio.