Brazil: Justifying the Crackdown

The only politician in Brazil able and anxious to make a public speech last week was Arthur da Costa e Silva, President of the republic. In the wake of an army coup the week before that had closed down the Congress, caused widespread arrests and limited civil rights, Costa e Silva chose an obvious audience. In a 15-minute speech, the retired marshal gave the commencement address to the graduating class of the army's high-command school in Rio de Janeiro. Since the audience included military men who had engineered the coup, Costa e...

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