• Defence ministry told to hold ‘appropriate commemorations’
  • Widespread death and torture under regime that lasted 21 years

Victims of Brazil’s dictatorship have responded with fury after far-right president Jair Bolsonaro ordered the country’s armed forces to commemorate the anniversary of a 1964 coup which unleashed 21 years of military rule.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain, has frequently praised the regime under which hundreds of people were killed or forcibly disappeared. But his instructions that the military should mark the coup’s 55th anniversary this Sunday has prompted widespread fury.

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