BRAZIL: Filibuster

Six months after the Communist Party had been outlawed, two months after diplomatic relations with Russia had been broken, Brazil's House of Deputies was still arguing about what to do with the one Communist Senator (Leader Luis Carlos Prestes) and 16 Deputies who still held office. A bill to cancel the Communists' mandates recently passed the Senate. Last fortnight, it got out of a House committee, whereupon the Communists tried to stall it by proposing no less than 320 amendments. This week, on the floor, they were ready with another tried & true parliamentary technique—the filibuster.


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