The Coup in Brazil
Back in the day on March 31st, 1964 Brazilian President João Goulart was overthrown in a military coup. Exactly 45 years ago, the army conspirators set in motion the makings of a dictatorship that would oppress Brazil for the next twenty years. Goulart, known for his populist politics had been irrationally suspected by the coup plotters of having communist sympathies and seeking to establish such a dictatorship. The Central Intelligence Agency was active in Latin America’s biggest country prior to the coup supporting and encouraging anti-Goulart sentiments. Five years ago, upon the fortieth anniversary of the coup, documents were released showing U.S. support for the military’s action from the highest government officials including President Johnson himself.
With the dictatorship firmly in place and fully recognized by the U.S., Brazilians suffered two decades of authoritarianism, censorship, disappearances, torture, imprisonment and a disastrous economic miracle that stratified wealth. The U.S. sure does know how to promote democracy in the world, doesn’t it?