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By Christophe Bourdoiseau


Pread 35 years after the fall of the Brazilian dictatorship, Volkswagen will compensate the opponents it denounced in its factories under the military regime. The German manufacturer announced on Thursday that it had signed an amicable agreement with the Brazilian justice system for the payment of 5.5 million euros in compensation to 62 victims, some of whom have already died, and to an association for the defense of human rights.

“It is important that we assume our responsibility in this black page in the history of Brazil and ensure transparency,” responded Hiltrud Werner, member of the Volkswagen board, after five years of legal disputes. “This would be the first compensation paid for human rights violations by a German company since the end of the Nazi dictatorship,” responded Christopher Kopper, historian of the University of Bielefeld.

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