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4 Nov 2015

mkg/cmk (AFP, dpa)/Deutsche Welle (Germany)

Brazil: Volkswagen may develop memorial for abuses during country's dictatorship after being accused of complicity

“Report: VW negotiating torture reparations in Brazil”, 2 November 2015

…"O Estado de Sao Paulo" reported that Volkswagen...[VW]…was moving toward paying reparations in response to a suit against the company for allowing official persecution and torture of employees at its plant from the 1960s to 1980s…Manfred Grieger, who handles historical communications for Volkswagen and visited Brazil in October to meet with justice officials…[,said:]…"It was the beginning of a discussion on how to reach an agreement on that matter…One idea would be to develop a memorial with Brazilian institutions such as unions..."…Brazilian officials have focused on Volkswagen's activities during the 1964-1985 military dictatorship. According to a complaint, VW allowed the arrest and torture of 12 former employees at its factory in Sao Bernardo do Campo, near Sao Paulo, and also placed…people there on a blacklist…"O Estado de Sao Paulo"…reported that VW officials had already made an offer for reparations, but Grieger told the German news agency dpa that any such discussions would continue into 2016. "We are evaluating the injustice that occurred at that time," he said, calling talks in October "the beginning of a discussion about how to reach an agreement on this theme." Testimony from former employees has backed up the claims of torture…