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    Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. | Photo: Reuters

Published 23 February 2018

Dilma wrote that impeding “facts and events” from being called “by their name is a typical reaction by dictatorial regimes."

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has railed against an attempt made by Education Minister Jose Mendonca Bezerra Filho to veto a new political science course offered by the University of Brasilia, or UnB, called “The Coup of 2016.”

University of Brasilia Launches 'The Coup of 2016' Course

“To censure a course at UnB, which characterizes the 2016 impeachment process as a coup highlights the... arbitrary nature of this administration led by Senate-imposed president Michel Temer," Dilma wrote on her official Facebook page.

Filho, for his part, said that he would take legal action to stop the class from taking place.

In response, Dilma wrote that impeding “facts and events” from being called “by their name is a typical reaction by dictatorial regimes. In the past, during the dictatorship, it was prohibited to say that there were political prisoners in Brazil, although prisons throughout the country were filled with them.”

She went on to describe Filho as a “pseudo-minister.”


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Taught by Professor Luis Felipe Miguel, “The Coup of 2016” will address three main topics: "To understand the fragile elements of the Brazilian political system, which permited the democratic rupture of May and August 2016 with the deposition of President Dilma Rousseff; analyze the government headed by Michel Temer and investigate what his agenda of setbacks on rights and restrictions on liberties say about the relationship between social inequalities and the political system in Brazil; and to scrutinize the development of the ongoing crisis and the possibilities of strengthening the popular resistence and the re-establishment of the rule of lawand political democracy in Brazil.

Students taking the course will also discuss the infamous 'Car Wash' corruption scandal, as well as the ascension of 'para-fascism' sweeping the country, according to Revista Forum.

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