Coup d'etet of 1964
The armed forces of Brazil lead the attack against Goulart and his perceived alignment with Communist ideology. Goulart promised far-fetched reforms and openly expressed sympathy for the Communist Bloc. On March 31, 1964, the attack commenced and Goulart was forced to flee to Uruguay on April 1st. The military dictatorship lasted for 15 years and enacted a restrictive constitution. Freedom of speech and political opposition was not to be tolerated. Neither was uncensored media. Guidelines they adopted were, opposition to communism, economic development and nationalism. In 1984 they held a presidential, hoping to find a civilian who agreed with their ideals. The U.S was found to have given money to support anti-Goulart causes and had encouraged the plotters of the coup d'etat/ In 1964, Washington saw the revolt as a "democratic force" that had prevented the furthering of communism.