Act in Rio de Janeiro recalls the memory of political prisoners

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The memory of the political prisoners of the military dictatorship was remembered in an event held this Monday (1) in front of the building of the former Department of Political and Social Order (Dops), in Lapa, downtown Rio de Janeiro. The place was the scene of repression and torture against those persecuted under the exceptional regime.

Carried out by organizations that fight for memory, truth and justice, the act “60 years since the coup: Dictatorship Never Again” was attended by political parties, social movements and civil society entities.

Rafael Maul, member of the collegiate board of Grupo Tortura Nunca Mais, believes that marking April 1st with a protest, the date on which the military coup was completed, is important because it reaffirms this memory of state violence and the various forms of resistance to her. For Maul, this period of history is still largely obscured.

“[É importante] For us to affirm both the memory in relation to State violence during the dictatorship and the memories of resistance and expand this memory to social groups, for example, that are not recognized as affected by this State violence, and it also contributes to us fighting today. So that violence does not exist. Against the state violence that we see happening today, as has always happened in our history, in the outskirts, in the favelas, in the countryside, in various spaces, in prisons.”

Federal deputy Jandira Feghali (PCdoB – RJ) stated that acts like this help generate democratic awareness for new generations. And it is also important to honor and remember those who fought for the country, in addition to demanding reparations for their families. “We are here today, not by chance, because there were those who fought, those who died, those who stood up, those who resisted. So it is also a tribute to these people and their families who want to mourn in peace and have not yet been able to do so because the State has not yet given all the answers. The Amnesty Commission has returned and is even reviewing processes that were rejected by the Bolsonaro government. But the Commission for the Dead and Missing is missing, in which families participate to continue looking for their own. That’s what I I mean, grieving without peace is very difficult to do. What actually happened? People can’t grieve without this information.”

José Sérgio Leite Lopes’ father was a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro at the time of the military coup and was arrested in the Dops building for two days, after being listed in an investigation. Lopes, who is currently coordinator of the UFRJ Memory and Truth Commission, was 16 years old when the coup was installed in the country and said that during AI 5, institutional act number 5, both his father and mother, also a professor at the university, were compulsorily retired from their positions. He assesses that the imminent threat of a new attack on democracy in the country, in January last year, shows that current coup attempts use other weapons. “It is also through voting, including, through conquest, of people’s minds, through illegitimate processes such as fake news, such as the use of religion for regressive proselytism. Unfortunately. And civil society was also created during this period, from the dictatorship to the present day. And it resisted this period of Bolsonaro, post-coup against Dilma.”

There are still several pending reparation measures that the organizers of the event demand. Among them, the immediate reinstallation of the Special Commission on Political Deaths and Disappearances and the transformation of the Dops building into a space of memory.

From Dops, the protesters continued walking to the Cândido de Oliveira Academic Center, at the National Faculty of Law, at UFRJ. The place is a symbol of democratic resistance during the dictatorship period and it is there that the annual Chico Mendes Resistance Medal is presented by the Tortura Nunca Mais Group. The tribute takes place every year on this date. Among those honored, several initiatives and names linked to the fight against oppression in the leaden years.

The article is in Portuguese

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