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Hundreds protest on Sunday in Brazilian cities: “dictatorship never again”

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019 - 10:00 UTC
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Demonstrations against the 1964 coup took place in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo after Bolsonaro sparked widespread anger by ordering the celebration Demonstrations against the 1964 coup took place in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo after Bolsonaro sparked widespread anger by ordering the celebration
Protesters in Brasilia accused Bolsonaro, an unabashed admirer of the country's former dictators, of being a “militant” and demanded “Bolsonaro out” Protesters in Brasilia accused Bolsonaro, an unabashed admirer of the country's former dictators, of being a “militant” and demanded “Bolsonaro out”
In the past, Bolsonaro has referred to the dictatorship as a “glorious” time in Brazilian history
In the past, Bolsonaro has referred to the dictatorship as a “glorious” time in Brazilian history

Hundreds of protesters chanting “dictatorship never again” took to the streets of Brazil's capital on Sunday for the 55th anniversary of the coup that established more than two decades of military rule.

Further demonstrations against the 1964 to 1985 dictatorship took place in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro sparked widespread anger by ordering the defense forces to commemorate the overthrow of President Joao Goulart.

Nearly 1,000 noisy protesters in Brasilia accused Bolsonaro, an ex-army captain and unabashed admirer of the country's former dictators, of being a “militant” and demanded “Bolsonaro out”.

The demonstration came a day after an appeals court judge overturned another judge's decision to bar commemorations sought by Bolsonaro.

Appellate judge Maria do Carmo Cardoso accepted the government's argument that Brazilian democracy was strong enough to support “a pluralism of ideas”.

“I see no violation of human rights, particularly as similar demonstrations took place in the barracks in preceding years with no negative consequences,” she wrote.

Bolsonaro, who is on a three-day visit to Israel, is the country's first president since democracy was restored in 1985 to publicly exalt the military regime, though he argues its rise to power was not a “coup”.

In the past, the tough-talking Bolsonaro has referred to the dictatorship as a “glorious” time in Brazilian history. He was quoted in 2008 as saying that “the error of the dictatorship was that it tortured but did not kill”.

Since taking office, Bolsonaro has had fond words for military dictators in 1970s and 1980s Latin America, such as Alfredo Stroessner of Paraguay and Chile's Augusto Pinochet.

At least 434 people were killed or disappeared in Brazil during the 21-year dictatorship, far fewer than the 18,000 deaths in Argentina and more than 3,200 in Chile during their respective periods of right-wing military rule.

But unlike its South American neighbors, Brazil has not prosecuted military officials for regime-era crimes, leaving the events of that dark period unresolved.

Bolsonaro, who ran for the presidency as a political outsider determined to dismantle a culture of corruption, has seen his approval rating plunge amid scandals and missteps since his Jan 1 inauguration.

 

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  • Terence Hill

    Bolsonaro seeks to revise how Brazil's schools teach on coup. By Marcelo Da Souza | Associated Press
    “Education Minister Ricardo Velez Rodriguez says he will introduce changes in school textbooks so children will get a ”true idea“ of that era, describing the de facto government that took over after the coup as a ”democratic regime of force.“ Velez Rodriguez argued that Brazil adopted a ”democratic regime of force because it was necessary at the time“ to block the rise of communism.
    The government's telegram said ”there was not a coup d'etat but a legitimate political movement“ that was supported by a majority of Brazilians to deal with ”the growing threat of a communist takeover“ and ”terrorist organizations.“
    What a bunch of liars. ”Bolsonaro says Brazil and the US stand side by side “against fake news” “Brazil’s far-right president Bolsonaro falsely claims Nazism was a ‘leftist’ movement”
    “While interest in the history of the PCB declines after 1958, it becomes even more scarce during the administration of President João Goulart. In this period the PCB is only cited in a superficial manner. In addition to the generalized expressions which see it as part of the 'left' of the time,”
    The Brazilian Communist Party and João Goulart's Administration. Jorge Ferreira
    http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S0102-01882013000200007&script=sci_arttext&tlng=en

    Apr 05th, 2019 - 12:08 pm +1
  • Brasileiro

    Eu

    Apr 05th, 2019 - 03:58 pm 0
  • :o))

    @Terence Hill

    Education Minister Ricardo Velez Rodriguez says he will introduce changes in school textbooks so children will get a ”true idea“ of that era:

    That's a relief! Now everyone will know that the coup - democratic regime of force - efficiently helped the economy to go plunging into a Death-Spiral + generously contributed towards the Hyper-Inflation!

    It's also a great relief; that the earth is FLAT after all! And by the way, where is the Super-Salesman Queiroz?

    Apr 06th, 2019 - 02:18 pm 0
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