Brazil, the largest of the Latin-American nations, celebrated the 151st anniversary of its independence form Portugal on Friday (September 7th) with a massive display of military power.
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Background: Brazil, the largest of the Latin-American nations, celebrated the 151st anniversary of its independence form Portugal on Friday (September 7th) with a massive display of military power.
More than 20,000 officers and men marched in parades across the country, but the civilian population largely ignored the celebrations, and took advantage of the good weather and three-day holiday to flock to beaches and holiday resorts.
The biggest display was held at the Southern state capital of Porto Alegre, where 17,000 soldiers marched through the city's streets. French-made missiles and rockets, armoured cars, amphibious craft and Tanks were also on show. Relations between Brazil and its southern neighbour, Argentina, have become strained in recent years over spheres of in South American continent, and the big display was seen as a warning to Argentina.
At the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, a smaller parade of 7,000 soldiers marched before President Emilio Carrastazu Medici, and the other heads of the military junta which came to power in a bloodless coup in 1964. President Medici, who will resign in March 15th next year, has named General Erenesto Geisel as his successor.
Police flow over the national capital in helicopters, and agents armed with machine guns lined the roofs of buildings to stop spectators viewing the parade form office windows.
Brazil achieved independence from Portugal in 1822 under the Portuguese regent, Dom Pedro.