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sexta-feira, 13 de março de 2015

Brazilian military government.

But this is no military dictatorship. If it were, Carlos Lacerda would never be allowed to say the things he says. Everything in Brazil is free — but controlled. – Minister of Transportation and colonel Mario Andreazza to journalist Carl Rowan, 1967

Some people keep saying, especially on Facebook and other social networking sites that everything people need in Brazil right now is another military dictatorship movement. What they don’t know is what this period – from March 31, 1964 to March 15, 1985 – meant to us Brazilians.

Just to make sure you guys have the opportunity to understand - at least a little bit - what happened here during all those years, I have prepared this short summary about The Brazilian military government.

Let’s start with this meaningful video:

It is possible to see General Newton Cruz being interviewed. After the journalist turns off his equipment - because he told him to do so -, General Cruz gets angry and attacks him.
As you can see there was no freedom! 
Do you want that back? I don’t think so!

If you type the word “torture” on Wikipedia*, you will find this word fourteen times. Yes, 14:

“In the first few months after the coup, thousands people were detained, while thousands of others were removed from office or their university positions. While other dictatorships killed more people, Brazil's specialty was torture.”
“(…) torture, which included rape and castration (…)”
“The first signs of resistance to this repression were seen with the appearance of widespread student protests. In response, the government issued Institutional Act Number Five in December 1968, which suspended habeas corpus, closed Congress, ended democratic government, and instituted other features of a totalitarian state. As early as 1964, the military government was already using the various forms of torture it devised systematically to not only to gain information it used to crush opposition groups, but to intimidate and silence any further potential opponents.”
“A hardliner, Médici sponsored the greatest human rights abuses of the time period. During his government, persecution and torture of dissidents, harassment against journalists and press censorship became ubiquitous.”
“(…) French General Paul Aussaresses, a veteran of the Algerian War, came to Brazil in 1973. General Aussaresses used "counter-revolutionary warfare" methods during the Battle of Algiers, including the systemic use of torture, executions and death flights (…)”

It is clear that the United States government helped the Brazilian army during that time:

“In a 2014 report by Brazil's National Truth Commission which documented the human rights abuses of the military government, it was noted that the United States "had spent years teaching the torture techniques to the Brazilian military during that period.”

If you still think that we need authoritarian military dictatorship ruling Brazil, think again. 
I’m sorry to say that, but I don’t want to live in a country where I couldn’t express my thoughts! Moreover, NO, we don’t live a dictatorship right now! North Korea, on the other hand, does, but we don’t.

Why don’t you take a look at those pictures?

Do you want to read more about our history? Do you want to read it in English?
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