BRAZIL: Out of Hiding

The most influential Communist in the Western Hemisphere, Brazil's Luis Carlos Prestes, last week won the right to reappear in public. A Rio judge struck down a warrant for Prestes' "preventive" arrest, which has kept him underground for ten years. This week Prestes is supposed to come out of hiding and sign the judge's terms for his conditional freedom (e.g., he must report twice a month) while he awaits trial—months hence, if ever—on charges of sedition.

The court order ended a curious game of hide-and-seek in which Prestes was often pursued but never quite caught— perhaps because of the 600,000...

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