Brazil, the generals and the dictatorship

From Rio de Janeiro

Never before – even in the times of the most recent dictatorship (1964-1985) – has there been so many military personnel occupying government positions.

Among those who are still active and those who are retired are almost seven thousand scattered at different levels, from ministers to (lavishly paid) state councilors.

And that has an explanation: since always, the extreme right Jair bolsonaro (photo in shirt) flaunted his passage through the barracks.

By the way, one of the clearest characteristics of Bolsonaro is that he lies and distorts reality like someone who breathes: in addition to showing total naturalness, he makes it clear that without that he would not survive. Another is precisely his obsession with reiterating his military origin.

Go to retirement

He does not say, of course, that the sum of the years he spent in uniform is less than half his career as a professional politician.

He seems to forget how he passed into retirement: lieutenant punished several times for indiscipline, even with prison, chose to leave the rows active to avoid a summary expulsion. And for that alone he was promoted to captain, since in Brazil, when a soldier goes into retirement, he rises one rank.

He was elected with the backing of the Armed Forces not on his merits, but to prevent the victory of Lula da Silva. And as soon as he took office, in January 2019, he spread uniforms – both active and retired – throughout the government. Most of them with one feature: they had their military training during the dictatorship.

They were supposed to have the function of imposing limits on the insane figure well known for his outbursts and positions that since his time as a deputy oscillated between pathetic and threatening.


But little by little, in a fairly short period of time, Bolsonaro got rid of the uniformed men who showed some balance and some lucidity. He fulminated his then Defense Minister for refusing to force the Army commander to declare his public support for the president who was defending the closure of Congress, and incidentally he dismissed the chiefs of the three arms.

The survivors, especially those who attend offices in the presidential palace, reiterate at all hours not only absolute loyalty to the president, but also open communion with his coup ideology.

Read Also:  Sehwag picked Team India's starting XI for the T20 World Cup and expressed his opinion about this player in place of Hardik

A few days ago two of them, both retired generals who hold positions of high importance, demonstrated in front of a commission of the Chamber of Deputies: Luiz Eduardo Ramos, Minister of the General Secretariat of Government, and Walter Braga Netto, Minister of Defense.


When referring to the 21 long years of darkness, General Ramos said that to speak or not of a dictatorship amounts to a “semantic question”. For him, it was a period when Brazil lived under “An exceptional military regime”.

It is forgotten that it is not a question of semantic at all but a question of decency. Of historical truth.

In turn, retired General Braga Netto, who several times threatens Congress, opined that what happened was a “Strong regime”.

He added that if it were a dictatorship “Many of those who are here would not be”, forgetting the hundreds of dead and missing who are not there thanks to the “strong regime”.

Praise for torture

Since his time as deputy, Jair Bolsonaro made repeated praise to the dictatorship and one of the most bloodthirsty and notorious torturers, Captain Brilhante Ustra. The military that gravitate to his government were always lavish in praising that period of darkness.

Since the resumption of democracy, no government has celebrated the coup of 1964 so much, and this year that movement is getting stronger and stronger.

Bolsonaro’s determination to attempt a coup becomes more evident every day. His fierce attacks on the judiciary culminated last Friday with the sending to the Senate of a request for the deposition of Alexandre de Moraes, member of Supreme Federal Court.

Coup viciousness

There is, at least for now, no tangible signs that his coup viciousness has the backing of the active military. On the other hand, this support is evident among the retired.

The accelerating corrosion of Bolsonaro’s popularity now spreads to the business community that begins to abandon the sinking ship. It’s like no one knows what to do with it.

That painting only reinforces his attacks of rage without control or limits. And so it gets stronger growing concern for the immediate future of an increasingly shattered country.


Recent Articles

Related News

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here