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Mximo Sozzo

In: The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing

Chapter 20: Policing after Dictatorship in South America

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Policing after Dictatorship in South America
Policing after Dictatorship in South America
Mximo Sozzo
INTRODUCTION

For much of the 20th century South America was marked by a series of dictatorships, which alternated with attempts to build more or less durable and more or less limited democratic regimes. Argentina, for example, underwent six military coups over the period spanning from 1930 to 1983. For 24 out of those 53 years the country lived under dictatorships administered by the Armed Forces, with the support from different social sectors. The 1966–1973 and the 1976–1983 dictatorships, which were separated by a brief and turbulent democratic interval, reached – especially the latter – extremely high levels of brutality and cruelty in their use of repression and violence through the state apparatus against ...

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