• Short Summary

    BRAZILIAN TROOPS DEPLOYED AT STRATEGIC POINTS IN RIO DE JANEIRO, SEPT 2, BORE WITNESS OF A TENSE SITUATION WHICH, IN THE COURSE OF A WEEK FOLLOWING THE RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT QUADROS, BROUGHT THE COUNTRY TO THE BRINK OF CIVIL WAR.

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    BRAZILIAN TROOPS DEPLOYED AT STRATEGIC POINTS IN RIO DE JANEIRO, SEPT 2, BORE WITNESS OF A TENSE SITUATION WHICH, IN THE COURSE OF A WEEK FOLLOWING THE RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT QUADROS, BROUGHT THE COUNTRY TO THE BRINK OF CIVIL WAR.

    IN COMMAND OF ALL ARMED FORCES, EXCEPT FOR THE THIRD ARMY, BRAZIL'S MILITARY LEADERS - WAR MINISTER MARSHAL DENYS, NAVY MINISTER ADMIRAL HECK, AND AIR MINISTER GENERAL MOSS - HAD TAKEN A STAND AGAINST VICE-PRESIDENT GOULART, THE PRESIDENT'S LEGAL SUCCESSOR, WHO WAS ABROAD ON AN ECONOMIC MISSION. THEY REJECTED HIM AS PROSPECTIVE PRESIDENT ON THE GROUNDS THAT HE WAS A "COMMUNIST". GOULART, IN FACT, HEADS THE COUNTRY'S POWERFUL LABOUR PARTY AND HAS THE SAME POPULAR SUPPORT OF UNIONS AND STUDENTS AS EX-PRESIDENT QUADROS.

    CONGRESS, MEETING IN BRASILIA AMIDST THE STRUGGLE OF OPPOSING FACTIONS, WAS STILL IN EXTRAORDINARY SESSION, SEPT 2, AFTER SEVERAL DAYS ATTEMPTS TO REACH A COMPROMISE SOLUTION BY SUBSTITUTING A PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL ONE. EVENTUALLY, WITH AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY, THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES APPROVED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT, PROVIDING FOR THE INSTALLATION OF SENHOR GOULART AS PRESIDENT WITH LIMITED POWERS, WHILE THE MAIN POWER WOULD BE VESTED IN A PRIME MINISTER.

    ARMY REACTION TO THE AMENDMENT WAS GENERAL TROOP MOVEMENT INCLUDING THE BLOCKING OF BRASILIA'S AIRPORT. TWO DAYS LATER, HOWEVER, THE MILITARY LEADERS RELENTED AND ANNOUNCED AGREEMENT WITH THE CONGRESS DECISION.

    VICE-PRESIDENT GOULART, WHO HAD REACHED PORTO ALEGRE, IN HIS STRONGHOLD PROVINCE OF RIO DO SUL, SEPT 1, ALSO ACCEPTED A PRESIDENCY WITH RESTRICTED POWERS AND PREPARED HIMBELS FOR THE INAUGURATION AT BRASILIA. THE CEREMONY WAS DELAYED WHILE INVESTIGATIONS WERE MADE INTO A PLOT BY AIR FORCE OFFICERS TO BEIZE GOULART'S PLANE BEFORE HE COULD FLY FROM PORTO ALEGRE TO BRASILIA. THE INAUGURATION IS NOT NOW EXPECTED FOR SEVERAL DAYS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7R7MR1L2R7V2FYJVWZA152NMJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7R7MR1L2R7V2FYJVWZA152NMJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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