The World: And Now, Disarticulation

A combination of prosperity and censorship has diverted attention from the Brazilian military regime's arbitrary arrests of political opponents. Now the arrests are increasing (at least 1,000 in the past three months). Part of the new crackdown is a heavy emphasis ensuring that suspected subversives never cause trouble again. The routine called "disarticulation," a word that used in Brazil to mean the "breaking up of a gang." A student in Sao Paulo was rather severely disarticulated this month, for example, after apparently reneging on a promise to finger one of his friends. Before springing the trap, he supposedly...

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