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Bolsonaro's decision to commemorate military coup opposed by federal prosecutors office

Wednesday, March 27th 2019 - 06:42 UTC
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 “The coup d'état of 1964 ... was a violent and undemocratic rupture of the constitutional order,” the citizens' rights defender's office said. “The coup d'état of 1964 ... was a violent and undemocratic rupture of the constitutional order,” the citizens' rights defender's office said.
Bolsonaro's spokesman said the president planned to allow the military to commemorate on Sunday the beginning of the country's 1964-1985 dictatorship Bolsonaro's spokesman said the president planned to allow the military to commemorate on Sunday the beginning of the country's 1964-1985 dictatorship
Despite Bolsonaro's move, no public displays by the military are expected, although events may take place behind closed doors in Brazil's barracks. Despite Bolsonaro's move, no public displays by the military are expected, although events may take place behind closed doors in Brazil's barracks.

Brazil's federal prosecutor's office on Tuesday said it was opposed to far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's plan to allow the armed forces to officially commemorate the 55th anniversary of Brazil's military coup this weekend.

“The coup d'état of 1964 ... was a violent and undemocratic rupture of the constitutional order,” the citizens' rights defender's office, which is part of the federal prosecutor's office, said in a statement.

“If repeated in the present times, the conduct of the military and civilian forces that promoted the coup would be characterized as a ... crime against the constitutional order and the democratic state.”

Speaking with reporters on Monday, Bolsonaro's spokesman said the president planned to allow the military to commemorate on Sunday the beginning of the country's 1964-1985 dictatorship, which the former army captain has long idolized.

Despite Bolsonaro's move, no public displays by the military are expected, although events may take place behind closed doors in Brazil's barracks.

Some Brazilian conservatives and members of Brazil's military view March 31 as the day they liberated the country from the threat of communist usurpation, but many other Brazilians view it as a dark period that resulted in human rights abuses, disappearances and the murder of political activists.

Sunday will be the first time since 2011 that the military will officially commemorate the date. Former President Dilma Rousseff, a one-time leftist guerrilla who was imprisoned and tortured during the regime, ordered the military to halt commemorations when she took office.

In related news Defense minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva said Brazil is not considering the use of military force in Venezuela and hopes for a peaceful solution to the country’s crisis. The minister made the statement as he met his US counterpart at the Pentagon.

“That’s not a hypothesis we’re considering. Brazil is looking forward to a peaceful and swift solution to the crisis in Venezuela,” he said, when asked whether the use of military force might be appropriate.

Categories: Politics, Brazil, Venezuela.

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  • DemonTree

    Wow. That is seriously fucked up. Don't the Brazilian military have any actual positive achievements to commemorate?

    Mar 27th, 2019 - 10:05 am 0
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    @DemonTree

    REF: Don't the Brazilian military have any actual positive achievements to commemorate?

    Of course, they DO have Factual +ve Achievements & THAT's why Brazil MUST commemorate military coup!

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/03/27/grim-history-that-brazils-president-wants-celebrate/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.645a9c11e180

    Mar 27th, 2019 - 01:55 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Once again, the Press has distorted the facts and blown them out of proportion ; the high command instructed that a communiqué be read within the barracks, to (only) its members, with the sole objective of reminding them what their Constitutional duties are, and to avoid a repeat of such events....
    But of course, as fully expected the left is indignant...but then again, they become indignant at everything that does not favor them....
    On the other hand, the Armed Forces did not, by any definition, “commemorate” the date as a victory, or refer to it as such, instead using it diplomatically to reinforce the rule of democracy. (Perhaps also a message to Brazil's northern neighbor ?)

    The left believes they (Military) should apologize for 1964, but did the left (Jose Dirceu, Dilma, and dozens of others in power until recently) ever apologize for the guerrillas' armed resistance and their actions, which resulted in the deaths of Armed Forces members and innocent bystanders ? Absolutely NOT. So let them suck it up.

    Apr 01st, 2019 - 07:11 pm 0
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