By Allison Fedirka
Brazil, like most countries in South America, experienced an extended period of military dictatorship during the latter half of the 20th century. These regimes were notorious for their strict control over society and violent suppression of political opposition. Democracy was instated only a generation ago and military dictatorship is still a very sensitive topic in many of these countries. That is why the Brazilian government’s recent deployment of the military to step up security in the state of Rio de Janeiro after a spike in violence following Rio’s carnival festival has raised some eyebrows.
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Understanding the military’s role in Brazil’s history, the government has been very deliberate in the way it has carried out the intervention. President Michel Temer proposed imposing Article 34 of the constitution that says the military can intervene in situations where national integrity and state control are under serious threat. There