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Video | The Politics of Brazil’s Carnival: Lula, Marielle, and more

For many, Carnival in Brazil is more than just a party, it's an opportunity to make a political statement

Mangueira Samba School parade in Rio honored black and indigenous heroes who have been erased from the official Brazilian history
Mangueira Samba School parade in Rio honored black and indigenous heroes who have been erased from the official Brazilian history - Mídia Ninja

It is generally assumed that Carnival in Brazil is mostly just a big party. However, as Mike Fox reports from Brazil, it actually has its origins in politically motivated concerns and this is true now more than ever.

The Real News, a Brasil de Fato partner, reports on Carnival groups that brought political topics to the forefront, including the political imprisonment of Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the assassination of councilwoman and black activist Marielle Franco, and the scandals facing the Jair Bolsonaro government.

Watch the video below:

Edited by: The Real News