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No Justice for Horrors of Brazil’s Military Dictatorship 50 Years On

Expand Tanks occupy the Avenida Presidente Vargas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 4, 1968. © 1968 Correio da Manhã Fifty years ago today, Brazil´s military regime unleashed all-out repression with the publication of Institutional Act 5. Brazil’s president, army general Artur da Costa e Silva, immediately invoked the Act to close Congress and state legislatures, arrest opposition politicians, and revoke their political rights. He established widespread censorship and suspended habeas corpus for offenses that criminalized political activity, crimes against national security, and other crimes.…

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