“Major Bullfinch”, commander of the military repression of the Guerrilha do Araguaia, dies

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Reserve lieutenant colonel Sebastião Curió Rodrigues de Moura, known as “Major Curió”, died in the early hours of Wednesday (17), aged 87, at Hospital Santa Lúcia, in Brasília.

“Major Curió” was one of the main actors involved in the Guerrilha do Araguaia episode, a conflict that took place in the 1970s, during the military dictatorship, in which armed militants who were organizing in the region against the regime were killed.

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Bullfinch was in charge of operations in which Araguaia guerrillas were captured, taken to clandestine torture centers, executed and disappeared.

He was also an undercover agent of the military dictatorship, having posed as an INCRA civil engineer to infiltrate the opposition movement and hand over militants to be detained in clandestine detention centers. The information is in the final report of the National Truth Commission (CNV), of 2014, which listed Curió as one of the 377 agents of the Brazilian State who committed crimes against human rights.

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The reserve soldier was even received by President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) at Palácio do Planalto, in 2020. After the visit, the official profile of the Special Secretariat for Communication (Secom) on Twitter hailed Bullfinch as a hero.

The Federal Public Ministry issued a representation stating that the publication is a direct and objective offense to the constitutional principle of administrative morality, as it represents an apology for the practice, by Brazilian authorities, of crimes against humanity and serious violations of human rights.

The episode led the government of President Jair Bolsonaro to be denounced to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), of the Organization of American States, after a complaint by the Vladimir Herzog Institute, the Nucleus for the Preservation of Political Memory and the PSOL.

The information of death was confirmed by the hospital at CNN . However, no further details of the patient’s condition were released “due to medical confidentiality”.

Source: CNN Brasil

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