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Bolsonaro seeks to revise how Brazil's schools teach on coup

By The News · 07 of April 2019 18:29:52
AP Photo, Jair Bolsonaro, Ricardo Velez Rodriguez, No available, In this Jan. 1, 2019 photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, left, shakes hands with Education Minister Ricardo Velez Rodriguez, during a swearing-in ceremony for his cabinet at the Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. Velez Rodriguez said on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, that he will have school books revised to refer to the 1964 military coup as a “democratic regime by force.” (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Days after celebrating the anniversary of the military coup that led to Brazil’s last dictatorship, the government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is pushing for a revision of the history curriculum for the country’s schools.

Education Minister Ricardo Velez Rodriguez says he will introduce changes in school textbooks so children will get a “true idea” of that era, describing the de facto government that took over after the coup as a “democratic regime of force.”

Repeating Bolsonaro’s interpretation of those times, the minister denied it was a coup that removed democratically elected President Joao Goulart, saying the military acted with the support of Congress in installing Marshal Castelo Branco, head of the army, as the country’s leader.