Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have a costume code – particularly on recreation day. Members of the 140,000-plus crowd who crammed – or tried to fill – the Esplanade of Ministries, in central Brasília, on September 7 have been principally bedecked in yellow, inexperienced, and blue. Accepted deviations embrace black and white, or military-style camouflage. T-shirts and headbands have been emblazoned with pro-Bolsonaro slogans, most of them referencing the 2022 election, their “timeless help” for him, or featured weapons. Heaps and many weapons.
Protests at all times have uniforms. They sign a shared sense of goal. This time round, although,…