The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, made a speech this Thursday, which he took advantage of to praise the times of the country’s military dictatorship, which he classified as a regime “a little different from what we have today”.
Bolsonaro delivered, in a ceremony, land titles to farmers in Alcântara, Maranhão, where the Air Force rocket launch base is located, and he took the opportunity to leave praise for five presidents that Brazil had from 1964 to 1985 and to times when the base was built – times of military dictatorship.
“This here [o Centro de lançamento de Alcântara] was born in 1983 and was one of the greatest works of the five military presidents that we had in Brazil ”, said, quoted by Newspaper.
“Great works over 21 years where a regime of… lived a little differently from what we have today, but with a lot of responsibility for the country’s future ”, added the Brazilian President.
“As Marcos Pontes said [ministro da Ciência e Tecnologia], that is trade for billions and billions of dollars. And we are now entering this select group that deals with launches. Everything we do in Brazil has a past, a means and an end. And it all goes through each one of us, ”Bolsonaro said of the military base, inaugurated in 1983, during the government of João Figueiredo.
In 2019, the Bolsonaro administration signed a safeguard agreement with the United States, which establishes protection rules for the use of American technology in studies and launches of rockets and aircraft.
The military dictatorship in Brazil was a period marked by violations of democracy and human rights, linked to torture, deaths and the disappearance of people.
According to a report by the National Truth Commission, created in 2012 during the government of Dilma Rousseff to investigate cases of violence that occurred during the dictatorship, at least 423 people died or disappeared during the years of the regime (1964-1985), and 20 thousand were tortured, reports the news site Twitter.
In June 2020, a survey of the Data sheet measured the relationship of Brazilians with democracy and the military dictatorship. About the first, 75% of respondents said that democracy is always better than any other form of government. Ten percent indicated that, under certain circumstances, a dictatorship is better than a democratic regime. Already 12% admitted that it was indifferent if the government is a democracy or a dictatorship.
According to the newspaper Express, this survey also found that, among Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters, 43% said the dictatorship left a more positive legacy than negative. The second finding has to do with the social class: the richest tended to be more favorable to the military regime (36%) than the average (12%).
The Brazilian military dictatorship was in force between 1964 and ended in 1985. Three years later, a new constitution was approved that guaranteed and restored several rights and freedoms.
Sofia Teixeira Santos, ZAP //