Brazil’s Once Private Past Becomes Available on the Internet

Brazil’s Once Private Past Becomes Available on the Internet
Lourenço Bustani
  • 8 december 2008

Brazil’s dictatorial government lasted for over two decades, from 1964 to 1985, and it still remains a cloaked part of the country’s history. Many of the disappearances that occurred during that period remain unsolved and most of the files and documents from that time have never been seen by the public. In an attempt to bring some clarity to that period in time, the Public Archive of São Paulo (in partnership with the Federal Government) launched the project “Revealed Memories – The Reference Center for Political Struggle, 1964-1985”. According to the organizers, the project has made available, through the internet, all documents from the dictatorship, including those regarding people who were investigated for supposedly speaking against the government. The goal is to bring transparency to this turbulent period of Brazilian history, answer the many questions that family members of the disappeared or murdered may have and, as a consequence, strengthen democracy in the country. More than 13,000 pages of documents have been made available to the public.

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