[CNI News thanks Masinaigan for this item from the UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 1, Number 17, dated June 9, 1996.]
Reports of the retrieval of two live aliens in the city of Varginha last January continue to make headlines in Brazil.
On Wednesday, June 5, several UFO groups held a news conference in Brazil. Claudeia Covo, an engineer and president of the Instituto Nacional de Investigacoes de Fenomenos Aerospaciais (INFA) described the reported Varginha retrieval as "certainly the most extraordinary thing we have ever heard about, and we have lots of reports of the UFO apparitions. It was a real complex operation involving military personnel as well as civilians and resulted in the capture of unidentified biological creatures."
Brazilian ufologist Vitorio Pacaccini said his group has interviewed 14 witnesses, including four soldiers who were with the truck convoy that allegedly ferried the aliens to Campinas and on to Sao Paulo. "We have the testimony of an army officer who was there at the Escola de Sargentos in Tres Coracoes who was directly involved in the operation. He described in detail everything that happened during those days."
The Brazilian Army denies that any retrieval took place. However, Brig. General Cherubim Rosa Filho said Brazil does keep "a detailed dossier" on UFO incidents. (These files apparently date back to a case involving Joao Prestes and Jose dos Santos, on March 5, 1946.) The "dossier" is kept by Brazil's equivalent of NORAD, the Centro Integrado de Dolesa Aerea E Controle de Trafego Aerea (CINDACTA) in the capital city of Brasilia. General Rosa Filho said, "It is true that there are lots of cases which remain unsolved even until today."
More details have surfaced on the January 30 incident in Varginha. According to National UFO News, that day, at about 10 a.m., a woman saw several children on the edge of the ravine in the Jardim Andere, excited and yelling about something. "I went over there to stop them," she said. "When I saw what they were throwing stones at, I just about died. There was a horrible creature with large red eyes trying to huddle down and escape being hit by the stones."
After chasing the kids away, the unidentified woman went home and phoned the Varginha Fire Department. The firefighters surrounded the ravine and went in just after 10:15 a.m. They grabbed the creature and brought it out at around 10:30. The Policia Militar put it in a cage on a flatbed truck, covered the cage with a white sheet, and then drove to the military school in Tres Coracoes.
Original file name: CNI - Brazil Alien Update 6.10
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