Saturday, September 5, 2015

1970 Armed struggle seen by conservative media

'Jornal da Tarde' was an evening paper launched by conservative 'O Estado de S.Paulo' that saw the light of day on 4 January 1966. Even though conservative politically 'Jornal da Tarde' had a modern look that Wikipedia says was the influence of the 'new journalism' started by Gay Talese and Truman Capote. 

After the Military Dictatorship showed signs of no compromise whatsoever and decreed its draconic Institutional Act #5 on 3rd December 1968 - there was a surge in the incipient armed struggle against the regime. Left-wing guerrillas would rob banks to finance their struggle. These acts were reported by Jornal da Tarde in a most biased way. The paper always took the side of the Dictatorship portraying the guerrillas as 'Terror' or 'Terrorists'.

When the Dictatorship's prisons were full of political prisoners guerrilla operatives devised a new strategy: to kidnapp foreign personnel working at embassies and consulates to exchange their freedom for the freedom of their mates being tortured and killed by the Dictatorship Establishment. 

Here are some instances I took randomly when I researched 'Jornal da Tarde' for the months of March and April 1970.   

3 March 1970.
12 March 1970.
13 March 1970.
14 March 1970 - among the 5 prisoners by the government and then exchanged for the Japanese consul was Madre Maurina Borges de Oliveira, a R.C. nun. that reactionary playwright Nelson Rodrigues (who actually wrote for the same newspaper) called disparagingly 'freira de passeata' (marching nun). She had been raped by her torturer in prison. 
14 March 1970.

16 March 1970 - the prisoners arrived in Mexico...

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