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Brazil: Records on Suppression Destroyed
Brazil: Records on Suppression Destroyed


By VIVIAN SEQUERA
Associated Press Writer

March 10, 2004, 8:30 PM EST


BRASILIA, Brazil -- Brazil's army burned all documents about the suppression of a 1970s insurgency against the military dictatorship, the government said Wednesday, angering activists who had hoped that the papers would help them find the remains of missing rebels.

The revelation also effectively ruins activists' hopes of properly documenting the guerrilla movement, which was inspired by Fidel Castro's Cuban uprising. While insurgencies in other Latin American countries including Bolivia and Peru have been well traced, little is known about Brazil's Araguaia guerrillas.

It will also likely make any related prosecutions linked to the disappearances more difficult. Countries such as Argentina and Chile have used information on activities of former military governments in pressing cases against regime officials.

Defense Minister Jose Viegas said the papers were destroyed in the 1970s and 1980s in accordance with laws in force at the time and there had been no cover-up.
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