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Brazil rewrites textbooks to deny 1964 military coup

Ricardo Vélez, the Education Minister of Brazil said that the school textbooks will be revised so that the children will be taught “a wider version of history”. The books will be rewritten “to deny” the country’s 1964 coup and 21-year military dictatorship”.

Ricardo Vélez’s comments came after Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right President announced the coup’s anniversary would be celebrated. Jair Bolsonaro had reversed an eight-year ban on recalling the anniversary of the start of military rule, allowing celebrations to go ahead on Sunday.

The 1964 Brazilian coup was a series of events in Brazil from March 31 to April 1 that led to the overthrow of President João Goulart by members of the Brazilian Armed Forces, supported by the United States government. The coup has brought Brazil a military regime politically aligned to the interests of the United States government.

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