BRAZIL: Reds on the Run

One of the most turbulent sessions in Brazil's legislative history reached its climax last week. The issue: Bill 900-A, a measure to cancel the mandates (jobs) of all Communist legislators. For hours in the summer heat, shouts and insults were traded back & forth. Deputies screamed, leaped on the benches, fell back in steaming exhaustion as the galleries shrieked approval. A Communist cry of "sellout" brought the pistols of government deputies waving in the air.

When the vote was finally taken, and the result announced—181 to 74 for the bill's passage—the comrades...

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