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Weekly Report - 04 April 2019 (WR-19-13)

BRAZIL: Bolsonaro revives a painful past

During his undistinguished seven terms as federal deputy in Brazil’s congress, one of now-president Jair Bolsonaro’s most distinctive features was his frequent praise of the country’s military regime (1964-1985). In 2016, he dedicated his vote to impeach then-president Dilma Rousseff to Colonel Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra, who has been denounced as the dictatorship’s chief torturer. Although Bolsonaro has toned down some of his more controversial views since taking over the presidency, he has remained vocal about his admiration for Latin America’s right-wing dictators, including Paraguay’s Alfredo Stroessner (1954-1989) and Chile’s Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). Last week, he revived debates over Brazil’s dictatorship when he ordered the armed forces to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the coup that marked its beginnings.

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