Project that changes the name of Ponte Costa e Silva to

A bill (PL) that changes the name of Ponte Costa e Silva, in Lago Sul, to Ponte Honestino Guimarães, was approved this Wednesday afternoon (27) in a second round at the Legislative Chamber of the Federal District (CLDF).

The text is authored by district deputy Leandro Grass (Rede) and was proposed so that the country’s capital would not have monuments in honor of a dictator. With the approval, the PL goes to the sanction of Governor Ibaneis Rocha (MDB).

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There were 9 votes in favor and 5 against. The deputies Agaciel Maia (PL), Arlete Sampaio (PT), Chico Vigilante (PT), Fábio Felix (PSOL), Guard Janio (Pros), Jorge Vianna (Podemos), Leandro Grass (Network), Professor voted in favor of the PL Reginaldo Veras (PDT) and Rafael Prudente (MDB). The districts Delmasso (Republicans), Hermeto (MDB), Iolando (PSC), Reginaldo Sardinha (Avante) and Valdelino Barcelos (PP) voted against the matter.

“We made a civilizing correction by changing the name of Ponte Costa e Silva to Honestino Guimarães. The tribute has to be to ideas, people and events that are in tune with human values. And the name Honestino represents that”, celebrated Leandro Grass.

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For Adda Luísa, a member of the Levante Popular da Juventude and coordinator of the Central Directory of Students at the University of Brasília (DCE-UnB) – an entity named after Honestino Guimarães – the change of the bridge’s name is an important victory for the student movement.

“The approval of the PL that changes the name of the Costa e Silva bridge to Honestino Guimarães is a great victory for the student movement in the Federal District and Brazil, especially for the DCE at UnB, which bears its name, since Honestino represents the struggle of many students who took up fighting for democracy in Brazil. It is important to remember that this change comes with the pressure of social movements, such as the action carried out by the Popular Youth Movement in 2012 to rename the bridge. It is essential to reframe our memory and reaffirm that Dictatorship Never Again!”, he says.


The student Honestino Guimarães entered UnB in 1964, in the Geology course. He passed first in the entrance exam at the time. In 1968, already under the military dictatorship, the UnB campus was invaded by the regime’s security forces to arrest Honestino and other student leaders, who opposed the exceptional government and militated against the dictatorship. He was arrested and tortured. After being released, and by orders of the military, he was expelled from UnB and went underground.

After being arrested again in 1973, Honestino Guimarães disappeared and his body was never found / Press Release

In 1971, Honestino was elected president of the National Student Union (UNE). In October 1973, he was arrested again, this time by the Navy Information Center (Cenimar), in Rio de Janeiro after five years in hiding. After one more arrest, he disappeared.

In 1996, the Brazilian State acknowledged responsibility for his disappearance. At the time, the Guimarães family received a death certificate from the student issued by the Rio de Janeiro Court, without mentioning the cause of death. In April 2014, Honestino Guimarães was officially granted political amnesty post mortem by the federal government. The Ministry of Justice ordered the rectification of the death certificate so that “acts of violence practiced by the State” were included as the cause of death.

General Arthur da Costa e Silva was dictator of Brazil between 1967 and 1969, and responsible for the approval of Institutional Act No. 5 (AI-5), in 1968, the most serious of the military dictatorship, which established censorship, closed the Congress, revoked mandates and paved the way for state terrorism practiced against opponents, with arrests, torture and murders of hundreds of people.

other attempts

It is not the first time that parliamentarians have tried to change the name of the bridge. In 2015, the Legislative Chamber approved the bill to rename the bridge to Honestino Guimarães, authored by then district deputy Ricardo Vale (PT). The measure was sanctioned by the then governor Rodrigo Rollemberg (PSB) and lasted until 2018, when it was annulled by decision of the Federal District and Territories Court of Justice (TJDFT), after a popular action filed by federal deputy Bia Kicis (PSL- DF).

For the TJDFT Special Council, at the time, changing the name of the bridge was considered unconstitutional. One of the arguments was that there would have been no prior public consultation. In the course of the Bill of Leandro Grass, now approved, there was at least one public hearing on the matter held in June this year.

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Source: Federal District BdF

Edition: Flávia Quirino

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