• Short Summary

    BRASILIA, THE CITY WHICH WAS CUT OUT OF THE AMAZONIAN JUNGLE BY PRESIDENT JUSCELINO KUBITSHEK AND KNOWN AS "JUSCELINO'S FOLLY", CELEBRATED ITS TENTH ANNIVERSARY ON TUESDAY (APRIL 21) AND SHOWED THAT IT WAS AT LAST ACHIEVING RECOGNITION AS THE REAL CAPITAL OF LATIN AMERICA'S LARGEST COUNTRY.

  • Description

    BRASILIA, THE CITY WHICH WAS CUT OUT OF THE AMAZONIAN JUNGLE BY PRESIDENT JUSCELINO KUBITSHEK AND KNOWN AS "JUSCELINO'S FOLLY", CELEBRATED ITS TENTH ANNIVERSARY ON TUESDAY (APRIL 21) AND SHOWED THAT IT WAS AT LAST ACHIEVING RECOGNITION AS THE REAL CAPITAL OF LATIN AMERICA'S LARGEST COUNTRY. AMONG THE MANY EVENTS TO COMMEMORATE THE ANNIVERSARY, WERE AN OPEN AIR "MISA CRIOLA" (CREOLE MASS) AND A DAZZLING OFFICIAL RECEPTION AT THE ITAMARATY PALACE, GIVEN BY FOREIGN MINISTER MARIO GIBSON BARBOSA, AND ATTENDED BY PRESIDENT GARRASTAZU MEDICI AND ALL DIPLOMATS AND OFFICIALS.

    FOR YEARS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS HAVE BEEN RELUCTANT TO LEAVE THE POPULAR FORMER CAPITAL OF RIO DE JANEIRO - WITH ITS ACTIVE SOCIAL LIFE AND BEAUTIFUL BEACHES - TO SET UP OFFICE IN BRASILIA WHICH, ALTHOUGH SPECTACULARLY DESIGNED AND BUILT BY BRAZIL'S VISIONARY ARCHITECT OSCAR MIEMEYER, WAS EMPTY AND UNWELCOMING IN COMPARISON TO RIO. BUT THE MILITARY REGIMES WHICH HAVE RULED BRAZIL SINCE 1964 HAVE MADE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO ESTABLISH BRASILIA AS THE TRUE CAPITAL - AND NOT JUST A PLACE THAT OFFICIALS WENT TO DURING THE WEEK, FLYING BACK TO RIO FOR THE LONG WEEKEND. AND PRESIDENT EMILIO GARRASTAZU MEDICI, THE THIRD ARMY GENERAL TO PRESIDE OVER BRAZIL IN SIX YEARS, HAS PROVED THE MOST DIEHARD SUPPORTER OF THE CAPITAL - AND THE RECENT WAVE OF DIPLOMATIC KIDNAPPINGS THROUGHOUT LATIN AMERICA, HAS ALSO MADE THE FOREIGN DELEGATIONS MORE INCLINED TO LIVE IN A CITY WHICH IS BUILT ON A DESERTED PLATEAU, MAKING IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR A TERRORIST OR HIS VICTIM TO LEAVE WITHOUT DETECTION.

    THE CAPITAL - WITH ITS SPECIOUS GOVERNMENT PALACES, AND 157 SQUARE MILES (406 SQ. KILOMETRES) OF ARTIFICIAL LAKES, BROAD AVENUES AND RESIDENTIAL QUARTERS - COST 500 MILLION DOLLARS (208 MILLION POUNDS STERLING) TO BUILD, AND WAS LARGELY BLAMED FOR THE COUNTRY'S SOARING INFLATION IN THE EARLY SIXTIES. BUT TODAY IT APPEARS TO FINALLY BE JUSTIFYING THE REASON OF ITS EXISTENCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC9I8QI1DUYR5AGZOUUONYDWKH
    Media URN:
    VLVAC9I8QI1DUYR5AGZOUUONYDWKH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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