A purge of leftists and pro-Communists is under way in Brazil. Joao Goulart, the former?
A purge of leftists and pro-Communists is under way in Brazil. Joao Goulart, the former president, is in exile near Montevideo in Uruguay.
Goulart, known as Jango, fled to Montevideo in a small private plane on Saturday (4 April). His wife, Senora Maria Teresa Goulart and their two children, Denize and Joao Vicente as well as the family dog arrived in Montevideo the day before. The went immediately to Solymar, about ten miles from Montevideo, to the chalet of a friend. They were joined there by former president Goulart. The family apparently plans to stay on at the chalet for some time.
Goulart, surrounded by swarms of newsmen, made his way from the airport to the chalet. After a series of conferences with Uruguayan officials, he issued a statement saying that his regime and the policies it promulgated were aimed at preventing a Communist take-over of Brazil. Then, apparently catching sight of his family for the first time, he rushed over and embraced his children.