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VIDEO | Brazilian Post Office under threat from privatization project

Also featured: Gun ownership among brazilians doubles in three years

Brasil de Fato | São Paulo |
Correios' warehouse in Brazil. - Fernando Frazão / Agencia Brasil

In our main story , we look at how Correios, the Brazilian postal service and one of the main state-owned company in the country, is in the crosshairs of Jair Bolsonaro´s government and could be privatized. Critics argue that the sale of the company may increase prices.

“It will get much more expensive than it is today. The Brazilian Post and Telegraph Corporation and Telegraph (Correios) manages to keep reasonable prices for the entire population. The second point, which I think is one of the most important, is that the farthest regions are going to run out of delivery for sure. Why? Because it is not worth it”, says Elias Cesário, director of the Correios worker's union office of São Paulo.

Also on the program, we take a look at the increase in the number of firearms in Brazil. In 2020, the country reached more than 2 millions guns in the hands of civilians and public security officials. The increase in gun ownership is a campaign promise from Bolsonaro. Moreover, we have data about the increase in Amazon devastation.

Read more: An estimated 1 million are people involved in rural land conflicts in Brazil

On the culture segment, we have a piece about the anniversary of Castro Alves, a vibrant poet and abolitionist. He used poetry as a tool for social change and left a cultural legacy, despite dying at just 24 years old in 1871.

On “What’s Happening in Brazil”, you can also learn how to cook sweet potato caramelized in soy sauce. It’s delicious and an easy recipe.

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Edited by: Arturo Hartmann