The governor of Ceará, Elmano de Freitas, took an important step in the history of Ceará. In an event held on Thursday afternoon (31), the Government of Ceará, through the Human Rights Secretariat, celebrated 44 years of the Amnesty Law in an event called “August of Memory and Truth: 44 years of Amnesty” , which took place at the Abolition Palace.
During the event, Elmano de Freitas reinforced his commitment to human rights and respect for those politically persecuted by the military regime and announced the removal of the Castelo Branco Mausoleum from the Abolition Palace, a long-standing request from survivors of the Military Dictatorship. “The abolition palace will not remain the mausoleum of those who supported the dictatorship. There is a project to be executed. I’ve been demanding for some time and now we need my will, my desire. On December 11th, on International Human Rights Day, we bring here, if we are to bring anyone, let us bring Dragão do Mar, the abolitionists and the fighters for democracy. honoring the history of those who fought, dedicated their lives for democracy, for the good and the good of our people”.
Elmano says it is inconsistency to keep the Castelo Branco Mausoleum in the Abolition Palace, so the space will be transformed into a monument in honor of Ceará’s abolitionist leaders, such as Dragão do Mar, who fought for freedom.
On his social networks, state deputy Renato Roseno (Psol) said “We joined the fight for memory, truth and justice and the Governor, to our immense joy, announced that he welcomed a fight lasting many years, to transform the old Mausoleum , Castelo Branco, which pays homage to the first dictator of the civil-military dictatorial cycle, and transform it into a piece of memory, a tribute to freedom. For us, this decision, this announcement by the Governor, is very correct, we fought hard for this, we presented requests, nomination projects, including this year. It is a fight for places of memory for all of us who fight for the right to memory, truth and justice. We cannot pay homage to those who committed acts against democracy, who persecuted, who attacked democracy in Brazil. That’s why we’re here to say, so that you never forget, so that it never happens again. Long live democracy! Never again dictatorship.”
During the event that celebrated the 44th anniversary of the Amnesty Law, Elmano paid tribute to 35 people who were part of the popular struggle for amnesty in the state of Ceará during the period of the military dictatorship, in addition, an agreement was also signed to maintain historical documents of the Wanda Sidou Special Amnesty Commission, based on the identification and cleaning of processes.
The Mausoleum, located at the headquarters of the Executive power and a monument to the memory of the dictator Humberto de Alencar Castello Branco (1897-1967), is dated July 18, 1972.
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Source: BdF Ceará
Editing: Camila Garcia