Posted by Patrick Duffy [edited and updated]
The Council of Historical, Archaeological, Artistic and Touristic Preservation of the State of São Paulo (Condephaat) has announced plans to protect as a historical site the seat of São Paulo’s DOI-Codi—one of the most active torture centers in dictatorship-era Brazil—and to transform it into a memorial commemorating those tortured and killed at the site.
The many victims tortured and/or killed at the site include such well-known figures as student activist Alexandre Vannuchi Leme and journalist Vladimir Herzog.
Following the Condephaat’s decision, the State Secretariat of Culture will soon present a plan for the proposed memorial. Marcelo Araujo, State Secretary of Culture, has remarked that this landmark decision “contributes to the consolidation of democracy in [Brazil].”