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Volkswagen accused of cooperating with Brazilian military dictatorship

A view of the German carmaker Volkswagen plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo, 25 km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 15, 2015A civil lawsuit against Volkswagen was filed Tuesday in Sao Paulo accusing the company of allowing the torture and detention of employees opposed to Brazil’s former military dictatorship. “Volkswagen was not the only company involved, but it had a management role in Sao Paulo and even coordinated other” companies, Sebastiao Neto, one of the officials of the Workers’ Forum for Truth, Justice and Activism told AFP. “Volkswagen employees were victims of torture and illegal detention, and others were laid off and placed on blacklists,” said Rosa Cardoso, a lawyer for some of the alleged victims and one of the lawyers coordinating the work the National Truth Commission, set up in 2012 by President Dilma Rousseff to investigate the crimes of the military dictatorship.

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