World Volkswagen to pay victims of Brazil dictatorship
Climate change and mismanagement are fueling wildfires from Brazil to the US West Coast
The wildfires burning in Brazil are the worst in 10 years, experts say.“With no significant precipitation in sight, California remains dry and ripe for wildfires,” the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) said in a statement on Wednesday. Oregon and Washington, meanwhile, are also still battling dozens of fires, with air quality hazardous in many communities, including the Portland metro area.
German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) says it will pay $6.4m (£5m) in compensation to former workers at a Brazilian factory who sued the company for collaborating with the country's military during the 1964-1985 dictatorship.
Workers and their familiesover human rights violations.
A 2016 review found that VW agents gave employees' names to police hunting for people described as "subversives".
They were then detained and tortured.
New local lockdown rules announced in parts of North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire
Parts of the North West, West Yorkshire and the Midlands have been placed under further localised coronavirus restrictions. The new measures, prompted by a fast rise in COVID-19 cases, have been confirmed by the Department for Health following consultation with local councils and MPs.
"We regret the violations that occurred in the past. For Volkswagen, it is important to deal responsibly with this negative chapter in Brazil's history and promote transparency," VW executive Hiltrud Werner said in a statement.
VW's deal with Brazilian prosecutors, which was signed on Wednesday, will also see donations to projects including a memorial for victims of the dictatorship, the company said.
Twelve former workers said in 2016 they were arrested and tortured at Volkswagen's huge factory in São Bernardo do Campo, near São Paulo, while others were sacked and placed on blacklists.
Many were unable to find work for years afterwards,
The 2016 review, which was commissioned by VW, found thatand informed military authorities when illegal communist flyers and newspapers were found.
Exclusive: Study suggests dengue may provide some immunity against COVID-19
Exclusive: Study suggests dengue may provide some immunity against COVID-19 Reuters See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Queensland stadiums to welcome up to 2000 spectators 9News.com.au Fire service officials give evidence at Bushfire Royal Commission ABC NEWS Safety problems found in review of helicopter crash ABC NEWS Coronavirus: Major breakthrough in drug findings 9News.com.
"The management of VW do Brasil exhibited unreserved loyalty towards the military government," the review, which was written by Christopher Kopper, a history professor at Germany's Bielefeld University, found.
He told Reuters that there was "no clear evidence found that the cooperation was institutionalized by the company" but that human resources knew what was happening.
'Torture at work'
Brazil's national truth commission final report in 2014 described the case of VW employee Lucio Bellentani.
Thecommitted during military rule, found that state agents performed illegal arrests, torture, executions and forced disappearance systematically.
"I was at work when two people with machine guns came up to me," Mr Bellentani, a communist activist, said.
"They held my arms behind my back and immediately put me in handcuffs. As soon as we arrived in Volkswagen's security centre, the torture began. I was beaten, punched and slapped."
The commission found that more than 400 people were killed and around 40,000 people were tortured during Brazil's dictatorship.
The country is still coming to terms with what happened during military rule. Far-right Presidentand previously suggested some of its hardline policies should be re-introduced.
VW wants to expand its e-fleet with ID.4 by the end of the year .
© Hauke-Christian Dittrich / dpa The electric hope bearer ID.3 is with the first customers - now Volkswagen also wants the connection model ID.4 as soon as possible Bring start. With the electric SUV ID.4, the billion-dollar expansion of e-mobility at Volkswagen should reach the next stage this year. After the delayed start of sales of the ID.3, which established the new series of pure electric cars, VW core brand boss Ralf Brandstätter announced the market launch of the follow-up model on Thur