Brazil’s new post-coup president attacks workers

This video says about itself:

WikiLeaks Reveal Brazil’s New Coup President Is ‘US Informant’

13 May 2016

WikiLeaks have released two cables showing that Brazilian acting president Michel Temer was an informant for U. S.’ Embassy officials and reported them on Brazil’s political landscape ahead of the 2006 election that led to the reelection of Lula da Silva.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Traitor Temer puts workers on sharp end of his coup

Saturday 14th May 2016

BRAZIL’S new Acting President Michel Temer held his first cabinet meeting yesterday where it became clear that working people would bear the brunt of his economic policy.

Incoming Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles, who was Central Bank governor from 2003 to 2010, served notice of his intention to “reform” the state pension system and labour laws.

Mr Meirelles said that he would tackle a system that allows some people to retire in their fifties, declaring: “Retirement must be self-sustaining over time.”

He said that the country needed to raise worker productivity “and this comes through labour law” changes.

Mr Temer declared during Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony for his 22 cabinet ministers — all white men in a country where people of colour make up over half the population — that “our biggest challenge is to staunch the process of freefall of our economy.”

He gave warning that public expenditure would be slashed.

Ms Rousseff, however, vowed to fight against her suspension, calling it “a coup” led by a social and economic elite alarmed by the policies of her Workers Party, which had held office for 13 years.

She warned that the new government was planning to dismantle social programmes that benefit around a quarter of the population.

Mr Temer countered that the programmes would be maintained and “perfected” under his leadership, but Social Development Minister Osmar Terra was less sure.

“What President Michel is proposing is that those programmes be the most sheltered, but, if the budget hole is very big, we’ll have to see,” he said.

This video from the USA says about itself:

With Rousseff Out, Brazil’s Interim President Installs Conservative All-White, All-Male Cabinet

13 May 2016

Brazil’s former vice president, Michel Temer, assumed power as interim president Thursday after the country’s Senate voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and begin impeachment proceedings over accusations she tampered with accounts in order to hide a budget shortfall. Rousseff called the move a coup. Temer is a member of the opposition PMDB party and has been implicated in Brazil’s massive corruption scandal involving state-owned oil company Petrobras.

He was sworn in Thursday along with a new Cabinet that is all white and all men, making this the first time since 1979 that no women have been in the Cabinet. We are joined from Rio de Janeiro by Andrew Fishman, researcher and reporter for The Intercept, who discusses the role of the United States in protests against Rousseff, and the background of Temer’s new Cabinet members.

35 thoughts on “Brazil’s new post-coup president attacks workers

  1. We, a group of Brazilians living in The Netherlands, manifest our ANGER and INDIGNATION at the current attempt to orchestrate a coup d’état in Brazil. Deplorably, the most privileged sectors of our society – the owners of mass media channels, business interests, bankers, parts of the judiciary and ultra-conservative members of parliament – have once again come together to undermine our democracy, which we won with sacrifice and struggle after 21 years of military dictatorship (1964 – 1985).

    In the last 14 years, during the Lula and Dilma workers party (PT) governments, significant social transformations have taken place in Brazil. A large segment of the Brazilian population – those who were been traditionally ignored and excluded – have had their voices heard, and part of their demands have been met. This has been achieved by way of specific government mandates, laws and initiatives that are inclusive, participative and affirmative, and who work with indigenous peoples and afro-descendent communities, the LGBT population, the poorest rural and urban workers, black people and poor students, amongst others.

    Public investments have been made, and national projects have been launched in the health and education systems, such as Mais Médicos (More Doctors), affirmative quotas, “FIES”, Ciência Sem Fronteiras (Science without Borders) and “PRONATEC”. More public universities and technical schools have been built, thus enabling the inclusion of millions of poor and lower- middle class people into Brazilian society and another step along the path towards full citizenship. The annual upwards adjustment of the minimum salary, Bolsa Família (family level redistribution of income), civil partnership for homosexual couples, the recognition of the social names and gender identity of transsexuals and transvestites in the civil service, and legal professional recognition of the work done by domestic workers… All of these extremely important initiatives are the result of social movement and civil society struggles that were implemented during the four mandates of the Lula and Dilma governments, despite constant attempts to boycott these processes on the part of right-wing opposition. Campaigns to discredit and demonise progressive government continue.

    President Dilma Rousseff was re-elected in 2014 with 54 million votes. The current parliament – elected during the same period – is made up of a majority of ultraconservative, LGBT-phobic, misogynist, racist and neo-fascist members of parliament, financed by capitalist interests, who consistently attack the rights of the working class and of the “excluded majorities”. This parliament is plotting the impeachment of the democratically elected president, in collusion with the vice-president of the republic, Michel Temer (PMDB) (mentioned in Federal Police investigations for corruption crimes), his political party ally and speaker of the house Eduardo Cunha (repeatedly accused of corruption by the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office), as well as the right-wing opposition party PSDB. This is a COUP D’ETAT against the president, because there is no legal basis or proof of a crime of responsibility.

    Media and political institutions have propagated hateful discourse against an inclusive project for Brazil, identified primarily with the PT, but aimed at all left-identified groups or people. This hate is classist, racist, sexist and LGBT-phobic and is rooted in Brazilian society. This discourse and the public policy shaped by it need to be stopped immediately and reversed. Social movements and organised civil society in Brazil and abroad are in constant mobilisation in the streets in defence of democracy. This mobilisation – which our group is a part of – has highlighted the misogynist nature of attacks on the president and we resist them vehemently. These attacks are taking place on a daily basis in the streets, in parliament and the hegemonic mass media – with a significant role played by the Globo Corporation.

    We OPPOSE the plotting against the constitution and the hateful parliamentary coup d’état attempt against the democratic, legal State in Brazil! Those who orchestrate the coup d’état do not have the legitimacy to ignore the 54 million votes that elected the Brazilian president. Politicians, personalities and the foreign media have also covered the severity of the Brazilian political context, giving support to civil society’s denouncement of the antidemocratic and authoritarian character of this coup. We demand competent and democratic institutions that are truly representative of all the Brazilian people.


    – Yes to the continuity and strengthening of social, inclusive and workers’ rights!
    – Yes to immediate changes in the government’s neoliberal economic policies towards social development policies that are public, participative and centred on people’s needs!
    – Yes to legal and safe abortion!
    – Yes to political reform!
    – Yes to juridical reform!
    – Yes to tax reform!
    – Yes to agrarian reform!
    – Yes to a just, egalitarian society with social welfare for all!

    #DilmaFica (Dilma stay!) and respect for democracy!

    #SOSCoupinBrazil Amsterdam, 1st May 2016


  2. Monday 16th May 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    by Our Foreign Desk

    BRAZIL’S new senate-imposed leadership lashed out at neighbouring countries’ left-wing governments and regional body Unasur at the weekend for their criticism of the ousting of democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff.
    Foreign Minister Jose Serra declared that President Michel Temer’s administration “emphatically rejects the statements of the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua.”
    These countries were first to speak out against the parliamentary coup that removed Ms Rousseff from power via a sham impeachment process.
    Only the government of right-wing Argentinian President Mauricio Macri has backed the coup government.
    Mr Serra also criticised Union of South American Nations (Unasur) secretary-general Ernesto Samper, who told regional TV network Telesur that Ms Rousseff remained “the legitimate leader” of the Brazilian people and retained “democratic legitimacy” by virtue of having been re-elected in 2014.
    “Such judgments and interpretations of the secretary-general are incompatible with the functions he exercises and with the mandate given to him from South American countries as a whole,” said Mr Serra. He claimed that the impeachment process was proceeding “within the framework of absolute respect for democratic institutions and the federal constitution.”
    Ms Rousseff’s impeachment trial is based on allegations that she manipulated budget accounts, but she has not been found guilty of any crime and the constitution says that a president can only be impeached if found guilty of a “high crime.”
    Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva spent Friday with leaders of social movement and trade union organisations seeking to create a new “broad front” to resist the parliamentary coup .
    Two political fronts, People Without Fear and Popular Brazil, already exist in the country, but while they occasionally hold joint events, they do not organise together due to political differences.
    However, the post-coup climate may lead them to set their disagreements aside.
    Mr da Silva also held meetings with leaders of major trade union confederations the CUT and CTB.
    He will travel across the country over the coming weeks to speak out against Ms Rousseff’s removal.
    Close ally Gilberto Carvalho said the Workers’ Party “understood that it cannot act alone nor be the driver of the struggle” against the coup.


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