The ghost of Pinochet, by John Pilger: see here.
From Al Jazeera:
Brazil reveals military killings
The Brazilian president has called for a deadline to be set to uncover the fate of hundreds of people who disappeared during the country’s military government.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made the demand following the publication of a book detailing the repression of hundreds of dissidents now missing, presumably killed, from 1964 to 1985.
The book cites 475 cases of people who were killed or disappeared during military rule, including seven Argentines.
Silva said the murder, rape and torture of alleged subversives remained an open wound for Brazil and Brazilians had “the just and sacred right” to bury their loved ones.
The president is a former union leader who was arrested and jailed in the 1980s by military rulers for leading an illegal labour strike.
He warned Brazilians not to expect prosecution of members of the military government as they are protected by a 1979 amnesty.
He also did not promise to open the era’s secret military archives, which families of victims believe could reveal the location of the remains of 140 “disappeared” opponents of the government, according to the National Human Rights Secretariat.
“[I want] to bury my son, to know what happened to him”
Elzita Santa Cruz, mother of victim
The government’s 500-page book, “The Right to Memory and the Truth,” took 11 years to prepare and was released on the 28th anniversary of the 1979 Amnesty Law, which pardoned all Brazilians – civilian and military – for alleged crimes committed under army rule.
See also here.
Brazil this week marks the 50th anniversary of the April 1, 1964, military coup that subjected Latin America’s largest country to 21 years of brutal dictatorship: here.
Disapperances during dictatorship in Argentina: here.
Prisons in Argentina: here.
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Brazil’s attorney general has filed criminal charges against a notoriously misogynistic congressman who taunted a fellow lawmaker with the words: “I wouldn’t rape you. You’re not worth it.”
It was the second time Jair Bolsonaro, a representative from Rio de Janeiro, had used the slur in Congress, which is supposed to be the country’s highest forum for debate – but frequently descends into a source of national shame.
Bolsonaro – a rightwing apologist for the 1964-85 military dictatorship – directed his comments at representative Maria do Rosário, a former human rights minister, after she praised a report by the country’s Truth Commission on the murder, rape and torture carried out by the government of that era.
As she left the podium last Tuesday, he yelled, “Stay here, Maria do Rosário. Stay! A while ago, you called me a rapist in the Green Room and I said: ‘I won’t rape you because you’re not worth it.’ Stay here. Listen!”
He was referring to an incident in the parliamentary Green Room in 2003, when he also shoved Rosário, described her as a slut and then jeered her with the words: “Go cry!”
On that occasion, there was no punishment for Bolsonaro, but this time his insults have stirred up an international storm of public revulsion.