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Brazilian judge suspends ban on Bolsonaro's coup celebration



  A military ceremony on the occasion of the coup in Brasilia

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There have been several events commemorating the coup

A Brazilian judge has lifted a commemoration ban commemorating the 1

964 coup that overthrew the democratic government.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro had planned to celebrate the beginning of military rule on Sunday.

On Friday, a judge said that the event was not compatible with "democratic reconstruction."

But Richter's appeals allowed the government's argument that Brazilian democracy was strong enough to support "pluralism of ideas."

Judge Maria do Carmo Cardoso said the commemoration of the coup was neither a transcription of history nor a concealment of the truth. "

" I see no violation of human rights, especially as similar demonstrations took place in the barracks in previous years, with no negative consequences, "she said.

On Friday, the injunction was following protests from politicians, activists and the federal prosecutor The planned celebration "sounds like an excuse for the practice of mass atrocities."

Mr Bolsonaro defended her earlier this week by stating that the goal was to remember the time and not remember her military rule itself.

The BBC's American regional editor, Candace Piette, says Bollyaro, a former army captain, believes the coup was indeed a democratic revolution demanded by citizens and the press.

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Mr Bolsonaro's approval is out this month after several po fallen into political scandals

The president, who was elected in October, is a divisive personality who has sparked controversy with racist, homophobic and misogynistic commentary.

Several military units have already held events on the occasion of the coup and protests against Sunday's events are planned in several cities.

In Brazil, no one was held responsible for the deaths and disappearances during the 21-year military rule.

In 2014, a National Truth Commission found that in the years following the 1964 coup, 434 assassinations and arbitrary arrests and tortures were carried out against political opponents.


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