Brazil: Millions Watch

Struggling for free elections

During the past five months, millions of Brazilians have taken to the streets to support an amendment that would allow them their first real taste of democracy in 20 years. Four opposition parties, capitalizing on the popular discontent with the military government, lobbied hard for the amendment, which would provide for direct election of the next President. The government has resisted, however, trying to hold on to power as long as possible. They prefer a gradual return to civilian rule, after President João Figueiredo steps down next year.

Last week the moment of decision arrived. The clock in...

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