Samba-school carnival parade depicts troubled Brazil as 'monster'

An official carnival parade by the Beija-Flor samba school in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome stadium, in which the country was described as a “monster”, highlighted some of Brazil’s bitter realities .

Much of these problems are mirrored throughout Brazil, which is politically divided, struggling to emerge from recession and where rightwing and evangelical Christian sectors are gaining force – increasingly intolerant of the country’s once-celebrated diversity.

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