By Oliver Bazely, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Thursday 6th July 1922, the Republican government of Brazil had heard the army was on the verge of revolt, and pre-emptively shut several army bases. One army base, Forte de Copacabana, remained in the hands of the revolutionaries, and the government told the men surrender or die.
After letting the enlisted men leave, the remaining eighteen Lieutenants, each carrying a piece of the Brazilian flag, left their stronghold at the Copacabana Fort, and marched towards Catete Palace.
They were intent on making their demands for social and political reform . . .