Dec 13 marks the 50th anniversary of the deadliest act issued under Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964-1985). With fewer than three weeks until Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration, it is more urgent than ever that Brazilian society reckons with its authoritarian past.
Little more than three decades after the end of dictatorship, Jair Bolsonaro’s win in the Brazilian elections forebodes a crackdown on democratic institutions from the university to the press to the judiciary.
In 1964, the Brazilian military dictatorship rolled in like a bad dream, kicking off a brutal twenty-year-long military dictatorship. President João Goulart fled to Uruguay, and with him went the hopes of progressive reforms.