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Brazilia President Rousseff admits she still has trouble chewing after torture. EPA photo

Brazilia President Rousseff admits she still has trouble chewing after torture. EPA photo

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff still has trouble chewing, after her jaw was dislocated during three years of torture and imprisonment under Brazil’s former military leadership, it was revealed June 18. According to her unedited autobiographical account, she was subjected to regular torture.

“The interrogation started, generally with electric shocks, growing in intensity, and then there were sessions of “pau de arara” (suspension from a rod by the hands and feet), something people can’t take for too long,” said Roussef. She recounted her experiences under Brazil’s military regime (1964-1985) over a decade ago at a provincial human rights council.

June/21/2012

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