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The Dynamic of Military Repression in Uruguay and Chile: Ideology and Resistance to Truth and Justice

Alexandra Barahona de Brito

in Human Rights and Democratization in Latin America

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780198280385
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598852 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198280386.003.0003

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 The Dynamic of Military Repression in Uruguay and Chile: Ideology and Resistance to Truth and Justice

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A comparative examination is made of the breakdown of democratic rule, the repression, and the justification for the methods used by the military in Uruguay and Chile. The description of the nature of the repressive legacy faced by democratizing elites allows an understanding of how the latter shaped the demands of the victims and created different needs and problems for the designing and implementation of legacy policies. The analysis of the military’s attitude towards the human rights issue and the nature and reasons for military resistance to truth and justice during the transitions and beyond, permits an understanding of the political and ideological dynamics of the struggle between the armed forces and the civilian elites attempting to implement such policies.

Keywords: breakdown of democracy; Chile; democratization; human rights; justice; military repression; military resistance to truth and justice; repression; transition to democracy; truth and justice; Uruguay

Chapter.  11990 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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