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Obama compared Brazil with the Middle East.

Obama in Brazil

In an important public speech, President Obama said democracy in Brazil is an example for the Arab world.

Obama spoke at the theater located in the same historic plaza in Brazil where in 1984 a protest led to end a 20 years old military dictatorship.

Obama said that those activists showed that a popular uprising could generate a thriving democracy and made ​​a comparison with what happens in the Middle East.

“We have seen the people of Libya to take a courageous stand against a regime determined to brutally kill their own citizens. Throughout the region, we have the upraisal of  young people, a new generation that demands the right to determine their own future ”he said.

“As nations who have fought for generations to perfect our own democracy, the United States and Brazil know that the future of the Arab world will be determined by its people,”he added.The events in Libya threatened to overshadow the president’s visit to three Latin American countries, and that Obama sought in this, the second day of their tour, to use the history of Brazil to refer to what is happening across the world.

The President emphasized that the people of Brazil found the future of their country, and that the same should happen in the Middle East.

Brazil was ruled by a military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985, a regime that was overthrown not by a violent revolution but by a movement of peaceful protests and strikes led by unions and dissident political groups.

Dilma Rousseff’s new president, the first woman elected president of the country, belonged to an opposition group that fought against the dictatorship.

Brazil now enjoys one of the strongest democratic moments in political history.

He also said the United States and Brazil had similar stories, they are two countries that emerged from coloniaism and grew through immigration and  finally escaped the stain of slavery.”

The President praised the remarkable economic growth in Brazil, but added that this expansion entails responsibilities. He urged the South American nation to join the United States to demand universal rights in the world.

“These are not American or Brazilian ideas,”he said. “ There are Western ideas. They are universal rights and we support them everywhere.”

The five-day tour of Latin America _Chile and El Salvador are included in the itinerario_ seeks to portray Obama and the United States as attentive  neighbors, eager to exploit the region’s economic success and to address common security problems.

However, from the beginning, Obama’s attention was divided. He has been forced to leave his meetings with President , and with Brazilian and American entrepreneurs to take calls and receive reports from his national security team.

Obama previously visited the favela City of God, where he played football with local children, and end his stay in Rio with an overnight visit to the Corcovado Mountain to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer, a symbol of the city.

Obama will leave Brazil on Sunday to go to Chile. On Tuesday visit El Salvador.