Bolsonaro Changes Dictatorship Commission to Support His Political Views

Change comes amid president attacks on people who went missing during military regime


The Jair Bolsonaro government (PSL) replaced 4 of the seven members of the Special Commission on Political Dead and Missing Persons (CEMDP), which works to recognize the dead and missing during the military dictatorship (1964-1985).

Among the four new members of the special commission are members of the Bolsonaro party, PSL, and the military.

The president justified the measure by stating that Brazil now has a right-wing government.

The President Jair Bolsonaro during a ceremony at the Planalto palace. (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

“The reason [is] that changed the president is now Jair Bolsonaro, from the right. End. When they [previous governments] put terrorists there, nobody said anything. Now the president has changed. It has changed the environmental issue as well,” he said, leaving Alvorada Palace on Thursday morning.

The board is made up of seven people, including members of the prosecution and congress, and was created in 1995, during the first term of Fernando Henrique Cardoso (PSDB).

The exchange comes a week after the commission issued a document recognizing that the death of Fernando Santa Cruz, father of the current president of the Brazilian Bar Association, Felipe Santa Cruz, occurred “due to unnatural, violent death caused by the Brazilian state.”

Last Monday (29), Bolsonaro said he could explain to Felipe Santa Cruz how his father disappeared during the dictatorship.

Opponents and even allies of the president criticized the president, and Santa Cruz filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court (STF) to seek clarification from Bolsonaro.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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