• Short Summary

    FIFTEEN POLITICAL PRISONERS FREED BY BRAZIL IN ORDER TO SECURE THE RELEASE OF THE KIDNAPPED UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR, ARRIVED YESTERDAY (7 SEPTEMBER) AT MEXICO CITY ABOARD A BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE HERCULES TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT.

  • Description

    FIFTEEN POLITICAL PRISONERS FREED BY BRAZIL IN ORDER TO SECURE THE RELEASE OF THE KIDNAPPED UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR, ARRIVED YESTERDAY (7 SEPTEMBER) AT MEXICO CITY ABOARD A BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE HERCULES TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT.

    THE PRISONERS WERE ONLY TOLD OF THE REASON FOR THEIR RELEASE WHEN THEY ARRIVED IN MEXICO. THE AMBASSADOR, MR. CHARLES ELBRICK, WAS FREED BY HIS CAPTORS IN RIO DE JANEIRO LAST NIGHT, AFTER THEY HAD CONFIRMED THAT THE PRISONERS HAD REACHED MEXICO, WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN GRANTED ASYLUM.

    SOME OF THE PRISONERS STILL WORE THEIR BLUE DENIM PRISON UNIFORMS. THEY HAD BEEN HANDCUFFED TOGETHER FOR THE FLIGHT, BUT ONCE IN MEXICO THEY WERE FREE TO GO WHERE THEY WANTED.

    THE SENIOR OF THE FIFTEEN PRISONERS IS 69-YEAR-OLD GREGORIO BEZERRA, LEADER OF THE BRAZILIAN COMMUNIST PARTY, WHO WAS IMPRISONED FOR TERRORIST AGITATION THE DAY AFTER THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT CAME TO POWER IN 1964. SENHOR BEZERRA IS ONE OF FOUR PRISONERS IN THE GROUP CLASSED AS "DANGEROUS SUBVERSIVES" BY THE BRAZILIAN AUTHORITIES.

    THE ONLY WOMAN AMONG THE PRISONERS IS MARIA AUGUSTA RIGEIRO CARNEIRO, A 22-YEAR-OLD STUDENT LEADER. SHE WAS ARRESTED IN MAY, AND HAS REPEATEDLY DENIED ANY CONNECTION WITH SUBVERSIVE GROUPS OR ACTIVITIES. SHE SAID SHE WAS GOING TO STAY IN MEXICO AND LOOK FOR A JOB.

    BUT SEVERAL OF THE PRISONERS, AMONG THEM SENHOR BEZERRA, SAID THEY WOULD BE RETURNING TO BRAZIL TO CONTINUE THEIR POLITICAL ACTIVITY.

    THE PRISONERS WERE TAKEN TO A GUARDED HOTEL, BUT AN INTERIOR MINISTRY SPOKESMAN SAID THEY WERE FREE TO LEAVE IT AT ANY TIME.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAANSK4BKEHAQLSLNOPCJJ6A4JG
    Media URN:
    VLVAANSK4BKEHAQLSLNOPCJJ6A4JG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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