Bolsonaro poses with servicemen during a military event in Sao Paulo.
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Gen. Antonio Hamilton Mourao would be Brazil's vice president.And at least 38 former soldiers, police officers and firefighters rode the coattails of the former paratrooper to win election to congress Oct. 7 . Just over 30 years after the end of a military dictatorship, Brazil's security forces are back in a big way.Even if Bolsonaro loses, there's now a significant law-and-order bloc in Congress voted in by a population terrified by rising crime.Three years later, congress drafted a new constitution, widely considered one of the world's most progressive, offering legal protections to minority groups and many of the benefits of a welfare state. But no one has ever been prosecuted for the torture and murder committed during the 20 years of military rule.Fourteen people were killed every day during police actions in 2017 alone, according to the Brazilian Forum on Public Security.Sixteen new lower-house deputies from the security forces and one senator belong to Bolsonaro's own Social Liberal Party, including Deputy Waldir, who says he captured more criminals than any other officer in Goias state.Its members may benefit from the fact 103 million Brazilians have been born since the junta's end.
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