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Man Arrested for Brazil Terror Plan

August 26, 2000

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Police in Brazil have arrested a former army paratrooper who says he was forming a revolutionary group to carry out robberies and stockpile arms in a bid to overthrow the government.

Nelson Farias Marinho, a 57-year-old taxi driver, was arrested late Friday at his home in Rio for leading an attack on a police station.

Speaking from a jail cell, Marinho admitted to reporters Saturday that he led the raid to obtain weapons. He said his group was recruiting members for bank robberies to finance his Socialist Faction for National Liberation.

Police said they found instructional videotapes on guerrilla tactics at his home as well as three pistols, including one allegedly stolen from the police station during the attack.

``He said he wanted to start small and then start a revolution against the government,″ said police officer Sergio Nascimento. ``He said that the politicians were selling Brazil out to foreigners, that everyday the people were getting poorer and the politicians were getting richer.″

Last week, Marinho and 11 men in camouflage with machine guns marched through the streets of a small town and then stormed into the police station in Carapebus, 125 miles northeast of Rio. They exchanged shots with four officers before stealing a cache of handguns and fleeing, said police Maj. Jose Luiz Mallmann. One officer was wounded.

Police said seven other men suspected in the attack were also arrested Friday in rural areas northeast of Rio and taken with Marinho to a jail in Macae, 16 miles east of Carapebus.

The four remaining men are still at large, police said. All the men arrested will be charged with attempted homicide and robbery.

Brazil’s last major insurgent group, the Araguaia Guerrillas, were active during the 1970s in northern Brazil, but were wiped out by the military in 1974.

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