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Bolsonaro government threatens Brazilian protesters with dictatorship-era law

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Analysis. Jair Bolsonaro’s son and his economic minister both invoked the Institutional Act of 1968, which institutionalized torture, promising to prevent the Latin American protest movement from reaching Brazil.

written by Claudia Fanti

Topic Latin America

December 7, 2019

Frightened by the popular uprisings that have taken place in various Latin American countries, the government of Jair Bolsonaro is gearing up to the fullest extent possible to prevent this contagion from arriving in Brazil. And their explicit invocation of a “new AI-5” indicates that this is likely to further the authoritarian drift.

The Institutional Act promulgated in December 1968 by General Artur da Costa e Silva marked the beginning of the most brutal phase of the dictatorship, with the shutting down of Congress, the institutionalization of repression and torture, censorship of the media and the suspension of the political rights of the regime’s opponents.

Eduardo Bolsonaro, the president’s son, was the first one to hint at such a measure: “If the left becomes radicalized,” he said, “it will be necessary to find an answer, which could come from a new........

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