Brazil: The Headless Government

Until last week, Brazil had been able to get through ten months of acute political crisis—ever since Jânio Quadros deserted the presidency—without much actual disorder. But then her luck ran out. Last week the country suffered its bloodiest outburst of violence in 27 years.

The fighting started during a 24-hour general strike called by labor leaders in support of President Joāo ("Jango'') Goulart, who for three weeks has been engaged in a bitter power struggle with Brazil's Congress. In the town of Duque de Caxias, an industrial suburb ten miles from Rio, workers milled in the streets demonstrating against shortages...

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