• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil Under the Military Kept Argentina’s Bases to Catch Subversives

Argentina's Emilio Eduardo Massera and Jorge Rafael Videla Argentina's dictatorship, which lasted from 1976 to 1983, held information bases in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in southeastern Brazil, which were meant to "detect people connected to the subversion." according to a legal prosecution started in Argentina, reported the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper on Sunday, January 6.

The probe, which investigated the existence of Argentine bases in neighboring countries during the 1970s and 80s under the framework of the Condor Plan, a military scheme organized by Latin American regimes in the 70s and 80s to eliminate political dissidents, was opened at the request of Argentina's prosecutor office.

The case concluded last December 18, when one policeman and seven military officers, among them former Army commander Cristino Nicolaides, were convicted of human rights violations.

The document, based on the testimony of the Argentine Army Intelligence Battalion 601 prison warden Néstor Norberto Cendón, revealed the Argentine bases were connected to this military unit, an interrogation and torture center located in Buenos Aires city.

The bases were in charge of intercepting members of the Montoneros guerilla group in foreign territory, and of keeping the Argentine military authorities informed of their movements.

Cendón declared the Army's intelligence also had bases in Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay as part of a military operation against the Montoneros, called "Murciélago," as part of the Condor Plan.

A week ago, another Brazilian newspaper, O Estado de S. Paulo, published declarations by General Agnaldo Del Nero Augusto admitting the neighboring country's collaboration in the detention of Argentine and other leftist militants as part of the Condor Plan.

Del Nero Augusto denied that Argentine detainees had been killed by his government but admitted Brazil's collaboration in intelligence and training tasks with other dictatorships.

"We didn't kill. We detained them and handed them over. That's no crime", he said, adding that "when we were tipped that a suspect was coming into Brazil the praxis was to arrest him and send him back to his country of origin. I believe that is what happened with the two Argentine-Italians, both Montoneros".

General Del Nero Augusto was defiant about the actions of the time, "they were members of a communist subversive organization trying to enter the country. What crime is to have them detained?" The detainees were handed to Argentina where they joined the long list of thousands of disappeared.

The Brazilian general said the Condor plan was a "necessary" response to the Revolutionary Coordination Junta of subversive groups from the area which was organized in Paris following the downfall of Chilean Socialist president Salvador Allende.

"We were forced to react" against an organization which included Argentina's ERP, Uruguay's Tupamaros; Chile's MIR and Bolivia's ELN insisted General Del Nero Augusto.

However he underlined that the Brazilian participation in the Plan Condor was "limited to collaborating with information, handing over foreign agents and monitoring subversives". The general said that "terrorist groups ignore and violate the rule of the law yet they demand democratic guarantees".

"Our mistake was not declaring the state of war, just saying "we're at war" and that would have been the end of all of it".

A few days later, another Brazilian military officer played down his country's participation in the Condor Plan, and argued that they would not have deported the rebels if they had known they were to be killed.

Mercopress

Tags:

  • Show Comments (3)

  • João da Silva

    Forrest
    [quote]Joao that would take a long time to cover and hash out on this site[/quote]

    You are absolutely right. But You have to agree that the General asked the right questions! Probably he is as upset as I am.

  • forrest allen brown

    the US does this and the world condems them
    but latin amercia does and no one cares ???

    Joao that would take a long time to cover and hash out on this site

  • João da Silva

    What this article did not include were a few relevant questions the good General asked at the end of his published statement.Here are they in Portuguese and I am sure one of our bloggers will be able to translate them into English! Some may even be able to answer!!

    [quote]O Brasil nÀƒ£o enviou hÀƒ¡ pouco para Cuba os atletas participantes do PAN? AlguÀƒ©m se importou em saber se estÀƒ£o vivos, ou com o que pode acontecer com eles? Algum jornal colocou chamativas manchetes em primeira pÀƒ¡gina? Se desaparecem, o generoso governo esquerdista vai indenizar suas famÀƒ­lias, como indenizou as italianas?[/quote]

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

US and EU Are the Past. The Future is Brazil and BRIC

The government of Brazil will be hosting the first-ever conference to bring together the ...

Oil and Gas Production Down in Brazil

Petrobras, Brazil’s state-run oil company, reports that its production of petroleum and gas in ...

With Expected Stampede from Main Ally Today, Brazil President Wouldn’t Be Able to Avoid Impeachment

The government of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, her mentor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ...

Brazilian students protest in capital Brasília

Brazilian Lessons on Absurdity and Selfishness

As surprising as it may seem, the U.S. does not hold a monopoly on ...

US Lawyers Sue Boeing for Brazil’s Worst Air Tragedy Ever

A Brazilian woman whose husband and son were among the 154 victims who died ...

Lack of Bids Makes Brazil Change Rules for São Paulo-Rio Bullet Train

The Brazilian government decided to change the rules for the construction and operation of ...

Chico Mendes

Named after Marechal Rondon, a soldier who tamed the Amazon, Rondônia was created in ...

Sugar cane plantation in blossom

In Brazil Fuel Grows in Trees. And the Google Boys Seem Ready to Plant Some.

George Bush, a former oil business-man, told the American people that the new goal ...

Brazil In Search of New Foreign Markets for Its Leather

Brazil saw a 35% growth in its leather exports in 2006. Brazilian tanneries earned ...

Foreigners in São Paulo Earn Double What the Locals Make

Compared with Brazilian migrants, foreign immigrants are the group of migrants living in the ...