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Jair Bolsonaro attempting to rewrite Brazilian history

1964 coup military dictatorship
As a congressman, Jair Bolsonaro took the stand to celebrate the dictatorship

During his 28 years as a congressman, Jair Bolsonaro had a ritual: every March 31, he would take the stand in the House and celebrate what he once called “Brazil’s second independence.” He was, however, celebrating the 1964 military coup, which ushered in a 21-year dictatorship. The regime arrested, tortured, and killed hundreds of Brazilian citizens, censored the press, and left the country’s economy in a state of near-bankruptcy in 1985.

For the first time since the return to democracy, Brazil will experience the coup’s anniversary having a president who contests testimonies and evidence about the regime’s most sordid face....

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