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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Of Geisel, of our duty

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An old CIA report has been unearthed, testifying to the brutality which dictators in the past in Brazil exercised in suppressing dissidents.

This report speaks of the extrajudicial killings which Ernesto Geisel and his fellow military officers sanctioned in their time, a revelation which has naturally begun raising new questions about the long litany of military rule in Brazil from 1964 to 1985.

The report on Geisel should act as a spur to investigations in every country which has gone through the tragedy of dictatorial rule, such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey and Indonesia and so many others.

 There are a number of facts, besides the political aspects of such illegitimate rule, which need to be investigated and exposed before people in countries which have gone through the agony of dictatorial rule. In Bangladesh, numerous are the individuals who in the past were rounded up by dictatorial fiat and never seen again.

 There are the tragic tales of those heroic figures of the War of Liberation murdered in free Bangladesh. We are yet to know of the men who ordered their killing and where those men now happen to be. It is a duty we must perform if our future is to be safe from predatory attacks.The report on Brazil's Geisel is a hint again of the futility of trying to suppress the truth.

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