Brazil president, a former Communist guerrilla, to receive “apologies” from political ally for “torture”
By Julio Severo
The Rio de Janeiro state government said Friday it will apologize to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for the “human rights abuses” she suffered during the country’s 1961-1985 military administration.
|Dilma Rousseff, former Marxist guerrilla|
Rousseff will receive apologies from Rio governor Sergio Cabral, a strong political ally of the ruling Workers’ Party in Brazil, on June 4 for the imprisonment and torture she suffered in the state. The Workers’ Party is the party of Rousseff and Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva
Rousseff will also receive the equivalent of $10,000.
Earlier this week, Rousseff swore in the seven members of a truth commission created to investigate “human rights abuses” under the military administration. The commission will investigate alleged abuses only from the Brazilian military against armed leftist militants. No investigation has been planned about civilian and military victims of leftist groups. Marxists had been fighting, since the 1930s, to overthrow the Brazilian government and install a Soviet Union-style government.
A study by the Rousseff administration concluded last year that 475 militants were killed or “disappeared” by agents of the military administration. Relatives of these militants have already been receiving multimillion-dollar compensations since the administration of former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, a former professor of Marxism, whereas civilian and military victims of Marxist groups have been consistently left uncompensated and with no apologies.
With information of Associated Press.
Portuguese version of this article: Dilma Rousseff receberá “pedido de perdão” de aliado político por “tortura”