RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – (Opinion) Fifty-seven years ago today, on the evening of March 31, 1964, the Brazilian military high command carried out a plan to overthrow Brazil’s elected civil government and install a military dictatorship. The coup found little initial resistance, and only 7 people were killed on April Fool’s Day when President João Goulart resigned and fled the country.
The soi-disant “revolution” lasted 21 years, with generals, admirals and brigadiers running the country until 1985, when Brazil once again elected (albeit indirectly) a civilian president – Tancredo Neves.
During that time, the military arrested . . .