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Guerrilla Dilma gathered information for bank hold-ups in the sixties

Friday, November 19th 2010 - 16:14 UTC
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Brazilian president-elect was jailed for three years in 1970 Brazilian president-elect was jailed for three years in 1970

Brazilian president-elect Dilma Rousseff gathered information and advised guerrilla groups bank hold-ups in the sixties when the country was ruled by a military dictatorship according to reports published Friday in O’Globo media group.

According to the reports from Military prosecution which has been released after four decades in which they sere considered “secret”, Brazilian military intelligence was never able to link Ms Rousseff directly to the bank robberies or any other “violent actions”.

The release of the documents was requested to military justice archives by Folha de Sao Paulo, but it was competition O’Globo which first published the documents that do not add much to what is already known about the links of then student Dilma Rousseff with the urban guerrilla movements that fought the military dictatorship (1964/1985).-

The president-elect was arrested in 1970 when she was 23 and accused of belonging to “subversive groups” and had to remain in jail for almost three years, when according to her statements was the victim of “barbarian tortures”.

According to the military documents from the dictatorship she was described as the “Joan of Arc” of subversion and joined “subversive forces in 1967”.

As a member of the Colina and VAR-Palmeiras guerrilla groups Dilma Rousseff “commanded strikes”, advised in “bank hold-ups” and was the “organizer and distributor of tasks”, although it was never proved that she effectively was directly involved in any armed action.

The documents also have extracts of her testimony before the military courts following her arrest. Ms Rousseff confesses to being a “Marxist-Leninist” and admitted that the Colina group participated in three bank hold-ups and was involved in two attacks with bombs, which did not cause any victims.

The last time the president-elect spoke publicly about her past was during a congressional hearing in which she confessed “to have lied” in her statements to the military court.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • Think

    Guerilla Dilma !!!

    What a title MercoPress…..
    What’s next?

    Subversiva Dilma ?
    Terrorista Dilma?
    Janta Bebês Dilma?
    Assasina Dilma?

    I tell you what She is:
    Presidenta Dilma...................

    Nov 19th, 2010 - 09:14 pm 0
  • stick up your junta

    She is in good company

    Nov 19th, 2010 - 10:01 pm 0
  • Forgetit87

    Janta bebês, hahaha!

    It must be said that Rousseff was arrested - and then released - under the most ruthless period of the Brazilian dictatorship, the one under president Emílio Médici. Médici and the intelligence service under his command - then filled with people from hardline wing of the regime - were not afraid to supress subservivos as they saw fit. So, that they released Rousseff at all, only goes to show that she was not the threat her prosecutor - the one who called her Joanna D'Arc of subservion - alleged she was. Not that there would be anything wrong with that. Being an actual “Joanna D'Arc of subservion” would be a cool thing to add to any woman's biography.

    Nov 19th, 2010 - 10:18 pm 0
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