2018 in Brazil

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Events in the year 2018 in Brazil.




  • January 1 – An apparent gang riot at Colônia Agroindustrial prison in Goiânia results in nine deaths and 14 inmates injured. Authorities report 233 prisoners escaped; 29 were recaptured, and 109 prisoners returned voluntarily.[1][2]
  • January 3 – Petrobras announced it would pay $2.95 billion to settle a shareholder lawsuit in the United States stemming from the bribes and kickbacks in the Operation Car Wash scandal. The company said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it had been a victim of dishonesty but that it had decided that it was in its best interest to settle and minimize uncertainty and risk.[3]
  • January 18
    • An appeals court upheld the corruption conviction of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, by far the frontrunner in the upcoming presidential election. It also increased his sentence to twelve years. Lula's lawyers planned to appeal and Lula expressed intentions of campaigning for office until physically prevented from doing so.[4]
    • The public prosecutor in São Paulo filed a civil suit against BNY Mellon alleging mishandling of postal worker retirement funds for Postalis.[5]
  • January 19 – Fifteen people are injured and an infant killed after a car hit a group of pedestrians near Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. The police report the driver had an epileptic seizure.[6]
  • January 25 – The Workers' Party (PT) insisted that former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva would be their candidate for the upcoming presidential election even as a conviction for corruption bars him from participating.[7]


  • February 1
    • Brazilian federal police issue 100 search warrants as they launch an investigation into allegations of fraud at Postalis, a pension fund for postal workers.[8]
    • Postalis had lost billion reais ($1.9 billion) to embezzlement, police announced.[9]
  • February 5 - Saying that the Fundação Nacional do Índio (Funai) and Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation had failed to take action against illegal mining in the Munduruku Indigenous Territory, indigenous leaders said they would take matters into their own hands. The group had previously taken over the Belo Monte Dam in 2013.[10]
  • February 7 – Petrobras, Brazil's state-owned oil company, announced plans to sell an oil refinery in Pasadena, Texas whose purchase featured prominently in the Operation Car Wash investigation[11]
  • February 10 - Police said they had found no evidence to support the charge that Michel Temer caused a benefit to Rodrimar SA, who operate the Port of Santos, Latin America's busiest port, and that a video made by cooperating witness Rocha Loures (pt) of a conversation on the subject with Temer's leagal advisor essentially showed a refusal.[12]
  • February 11 - Temer pledged assistance to the northern state of Roraima with a massive influx of refugees from Venezuela. State capital Boa Vista reported 40,000 displaced Venezuelans in the city of 400,000, many living in the streets.[13]
  • February 12 - BNDES announced that it had extended a $2 billion line of credit to Angola for economic development.[14]
  • February 14 - Kinross Gold Corporation acquired two hydroelectric power plants in Brazil and reported a profit for 4th quarter 2017.[15]
  • February 28 - Reports show that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his father Kim Jong-il used fraudulently-obtained Brazilian passports in order to apply for visas to visit Western countries in the 1990s.[16]




  • May 1 – Edifício Wilton Paes de Almeida, a 26-story tower block in São Paulo, Brazil, is destroyed by a fire and consequent collapse. Neighbouring buildings are also damaged by fire. Authorities warn the casualty toll is "likely to be high".[22]


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  1. ^ "Nine dead in latest outbreak of Brazilian prison violence". Reuters. Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Nine deaths reported after rival gangs battle in Brazilian prison: Attackers set mattresses on fire and burned bodies of those killed, authorities say". The Guardian. Associated Press. January 1, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  3. ^ Chad Bray; Stanley Reed (January 3, 2018). "Petrobras of Brazil to Pay $2.95 Billion Over Corruption Scandal". Dealbook. New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  4. ^ Leandro Demori; Andrew Fishman (January 24, 2018). "EX-PRESIDENT LULA'S CORRUPTION CONVICTION IS UPHELD BY BRAZILIAN APPEALS COURT. NOW WHAT?". The Intercept. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  5. ^ "BRAZIL: Prosecutors Want BNY Mellon To Pay R$ 8.2 Billion To Postalis". RTTNews. January 18, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Car hits pedestrians near Rio's Copacabana beach". BBC. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "Brazil's left sticks by wounded Lula; 'no Plan B'". Reuters. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Brazil: New Pension Fund Fraud Generates 100 Search Warrants". TeleSUR. Reuters. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018. 
  9. ^ "Brazil police probes graft involving post office pension fund". Reuters. February 1, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2018. 
  10. ^ FABIANO MAISONNAVE (February 5, 2018). "Native Brazilians Try to Close Major Illegal Mining Site Polluting River in Pará". Retrieved February 13, 2018. 
  11. ^ Katherine Blunt (February 7, 2018). "Petrobras to sell Pasadena refinery". YASUYOSHI CHIBA (photo). Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Brazilian president Michel Temer will escape bribery charges, say police: The inquiry into payments from a port operator is the only remaining case against the corruption-hit leader". The Guardian. Reuters. 10 February 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018. 
  13. ^ "Desperate Venezuelans pouring into Brazil: Officials in northern Brazil are demanding federal aid to help manage the influx of people seeking food and shelter. The president promised help while vowing that the country wouldn't turn its back on the Venezuelans". Deutsche Welle. February 12, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Angola: Brazil Extends $2 Billion Line Of Credit For Economic Development". Stratfor. 
  15. ^ Allen Sykora (February 14, 2018). "Kinross Lists 4Q Profit, Acquires Power Plants For Brazilian Mine". Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  16. ^ "North Korean leaders used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas - sources". Reuters. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  17. ^ "Brazil: Big rallies held after Rio politician is shot dead". BBC. Retrieved 16 March 2018. 
  18. ^ "Brazil judge orders ex-president Lula jailed by Friday afternoon". Reuters. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  19. ^ "Supporters of Brazil's Lula stop him surrendering". BBC. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  20. ^ "Lula: Former Brazilian president surrenders to police". BBC. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  21. ^ "Marco Polo del Nero: Fifa ban Brazilian FA president for life over taking bribes". BBC. Retrieved 28 April 2018. 
  22. ^ "Block of flats collapses in Sao Paulo, Brazil, after fire rips through building". Metro. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  23. ^ "Eleições 2018 Brasil TSE Apuração e Resultados". Eleições 2018 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  24. ^ Morre Humberto Coutinho, presidente da Assembleia Legislativa do Maranhão (in Portuguese)
  25. ^ Corpo do ex-ministro Armando Monteiro Filho é cremado no Grande Recife (in Portuguese)
  26. ^ Ex-atacante do Botafogo morre vítima de infarto no interior do Rio de Janeiro (in Portuguese)
  27. ^ Carlos Heitor Cony morre aos 91 anos (in Portuguese)
  28. ^ Atualizado - Cachoeirenses dizem adeus a Dom Remídio (in Portuguese)
  29. ^ Nota de Falecimento: Dom Celio de Oliveira Goulart (in Portuguese)
  30. ^ Fiéis católicos se despedem de Dom Antônio Agostinho Marochi na Catedral de Presidente Prudente (in Portuguese)
  31. ^ Fallece ex jugador del Águila y Metapán (in Portuguese)
  32. ^ Morre Paulo Júnior, ex-jogador do Salgueiro que enfrentava leucemia (in Portuguese)
  33. ^ Morre o ator e diretor Oswaldo Loureiro, aos 85 anos (in Portuguese)
  34. ^ Bishop Agenor Girardi, M.S.C.
  35. ^ Robert Lichtwardt
  36. ^ Jogador paulista sofre infarto durante treino e morre aos 32 anos
  37. ^ Muere el intelectual brasileño Theotonio dos Santos (in Portuguese)
  38. ^ Atriz Tônia Carrero morre aos 95 anos (in Portuguese)
  39. ^ Aos 29 anos, morre no Rio o escritor Victor Heringer (in Portuguese)
  40. ^ Former Brazil volleyball coach Freitas dies at 68
  41. ^ Vereadora do PSOL é morta a tiros no Rio de Janeiro (in Portuguese)
  42. ^ "Pai do design moderno brasileiro, Alexandre Wollner morre em SP, aos 89 anos". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). 2018-05-04. Retrieved 2018-05-06. 
  43. ^ Guilherme Uchoa, presidente da Assembleia Legislativa de PE, morre no Recife, aos 71 anos (in Portuguese)