In The News…

Posted by Robyn Smith 

The recent publication of  Leonencio Nossa’s book “Mata! O Major Curió e as Guerrilhas no Araguaia” (Kill! Major Curió and the Araguaia Guerillas) has shed new light on many of the mysteries surrounding the Araguaia disappearances. While the book predominately serves as a biography of former military Coronel Sebastião Rodrigues de Moura, better known as Major Curió, it includes detailed information surrounding the execution of 45 Araguaia guerillas. Nossa´s research is being by the Truth Commission.

Gilson Dipp, the coordinator of the Truth Commission, has announced that the Truth Commission will assist Grupo de Trabalho Araguaia (the Araguaia Working Group) in its search for the bodies of the Araguaia guerillas. The Truth Commission has access to technology that can assist in genetic identification that has not previously been available to the group.

The Ministry of Defense announced the opening of the secret archives of the Estado-Maior de Forças Armadas (General Staff of the Armed Forces) that span from 1946-1991. The files include 37 “classified” volumes and 52 additional “semi-classified” volumes.

Therezinha Zerbini, founder of Movimento Feminino pela Anistia (the Feminist Movement for Amnesty) and the wife of General Euryclides Zerbini (a world renowned heart surgeon who was removed from the military during the 1964 coup), gave her testimony to the Folha de São Paulo. Zerbini recounted the day her husband lost his position in the military and expressed her support for the Truth Commission. With support from politically and socially involved persons like Zerbini, there is hope that more Brazilians will take notice of the Truth Commission and its purpose.

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2 Responses to In The News…

  1. Victor Fordyce says:

    I remember reading about the death squads rounding up homeless young people a few years back. Was the elimination of “undesirables” sanctioned by the government in those daays officially? Is that sort of thing still going on?

    • transitionaljusticeinbrazil says:

      From what I understand it’s not officially sanctioned but the local governments often turn a blind eye to the killing of the homeless. Police brutality is still a present problem in urban areas of Brazil and continues to be a topic discussed in the news there. For an interesting documentary on the subject I would suggest watching Bus 174, the story of a young man who survived on of these raids and then took a bus hostage in retaliation.

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