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Brazilian military regime supported financially Chilean dictator Pinochet

Thursday, March 7th 2013 - 11:17 UTC
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Brazilian president Emilio Medici and Pinochet Brazilian president Emilio Medici and Pinochet

Recently uncovered government documents reveal that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet received 115 million dollars of support from the Brazilian military government during the 1970s.

The Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo published evidence Tuesday of the financial support in a series of recently released documents from the country’s military regime that spanned from 1964 until 1985. The documents were part of a slew of declassified papers released in 2011.

Folha reports that the loan was intended for military equipment and was cited as “important help” to the Pinochet dictatorship. The first 40 million dollars instalment was authorized a year after the 1973 military coup that ousted elected Socialist President Salvador Allende.

Two other instalments followed, 25 million in 1975 and then an additional 50 million as requested by the Chilean ambassador to Brazil.

The classified documentation of the loan became available after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed an access to information law in 2011. While collusion between the Chilean and Brazilian regimes has already been documented, this is the first time specific amounts have been disclosed.

By Elizabeth Trovall - The Santiago Times

Categories: Politics, Brazil, Latin America.

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  • Condorito

    So we now know that Brazil not only masterminded Operation Condor, but also funded Pinochet.

    Whose backyard is South America again?

    Mar 07th, 2013 - 11:54 am 0
  • Stevie

    Condorito, you know a lot more than that. And so do I. These lot are the last ones the know. Stop the driveling, you don't want to see the evidence on MP.

    Mar 07th, 2013 - 12:01 pm 0
  • yankeeboy

    Brazil also wanted to level BA in WW2 until the USA stopped them. I wonder why CFK is so cozy with them?

    Mar 07th, 2013 - 12:15 pm 0
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