Caetano Veloso, Wagner Moura and Daniela Mercury Denounce OAS Censorship in Brazil

Artists spoke at the hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

São Paulo

Caetano Veloso and other Brazilian artists denounced censorship in Brazil, this Tuesday (14), to an audience of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The commission had convened with the objective of identifying whether there is a restriction of artistic and cultural freedom in Brazil.

The IACHR is an independent body of the OAS, the Organization of American States.

"I was arrested along with Gilberto Gil in December 1968, a few days after Institutional Act number five. Today, it hurts me a lot to see people going to the streets asking for the AI-5 to come back," said Caetano.

The singer Daniela Mercury, also present, said that democracy was under attack from populist leaders in all regions of the world and that "we have to stop and react."

According to her, the government makes public policies aimed at "suppressing artistic freedom, alongside disinformation and robotic attacks on artists."

Wagner Moura, director of "Marighella," said his film was the victim of federal government censorship.

"'Marighella' is the story of a man who dedicated part of his life to the fight against the military dictatorship, a dictatorship that is revered by the Bolsonaro government."

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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