Brazil is currently experiencing drastic polarisation, exacerbated by the commemoration of the military coup of 1964 celebrated by the army and the far-right, and promoted by president Bolsonaro.
The Brazilian military dictatorship lasted from 1964 to 1985, and left in its wake chilling figures such as 20,000 victims of torture and 434 victims of murder or dissapearances.
On the 31st of March, Brazilians took to the streets to protest in favour of and against the dictatorship, and Brazil once again found itself caught up in a controversy surrounding the 55th anniversary since the dictatorship began.
Historical perspectives regarding the dictatorship are being subject to brutal revisionism. In 2017, the Parana Survey Institute found that 43% of Brazilians were in favour of a potential military intervention, against only 51% who claimed to be against it, whilst 5% were unsure.
Since January 2019, Brazil has been run by sympathisers of the dictatorship, a regime that repressed its own citizens and violated human rights. President Bolsonaro deeply offended the victims and families of victims of the dictatorship with his calls to celebrate the day in which the coup was carried out.
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