UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Brazilian armed forces on Sunday celebrated the 1964 coup d’état, the start of a two-decade dictatorship, after President Jaire Paulsonaro lifted an eight-year ban on the anniversary.
In the view of the president of the extreme right that the intervention of the army saved the country from communism.
The move provoked controversy and confirmed Polsonaro’s support for a military government that executed hundreds, tortured thousands and shut down Congress at a time when most Brazilians came out with memories.
The army has not been allowed to celebrate the coup since 2011 when ex-president Dilma Rousseff, a leftist guerrilla who entered the prison and was tortured under the dictatorship, ordered the end of all events to mark the occasion.
The Defense Ministry said the armed forces would not hold popular celebrations on Sunday. Paulsonaru, who travels abroad to celebrate the presidential palace on Friday, will organize the event with senior military leaders.
Paulsonaru, a retired army officer, has long praised the military government from 1964 to 1985 and has often said that the biggest mistake is not to kill enough left-wingers.
At the start of his political career, he said in the Brazilian Congress that he prefers a dictatorial regime and that Brazil “will never solve the serious national problems of this irresponsible democracy.”
Instead of popular celebrations, the armed forces say they will hold internal programs and seminars to study the events that led to the coup, what happened during military rule and the importance of returning to democracy in 1985.
Despite the army’s more balanced approach to the ceremony, Polsonaru’s attitude has aroused resentment among many.
The Volha de S. “In insisting on the festive tone, the president again demonstrates the ambiguity of his position on the democratic principles he claims to defend,” Paolo said in an editorial this week.
Federal prosecutors have criticized the president’s decision and said in a statement that allowing the celebration contradicted what the president had sworn to defend the constitution.
While the majority of Brazilians view the dictatorship as bleak, some remember that the period was dominated by relative order and security compared to the rise in violent crime in recent decades. In 2017, Brazil experienced 64,000 murders more than any other country.
A poll published by Data Volha in October showed 51 percent of Brazilians felt the dictatorship had left a negative legacy, while 32 percent said it was good for Brazil. The rest did not say what they thought.
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