Brazilian coup for protecting corrupt politicians


This video says about itself:

Opponents of interim government in Brazil organise musical protest

18 May 2016

The resistance to interim Brazilian President Michel Temer turns up the volume.

1. VARIOUS MUSICIANS UNDER THE BANNER THAT READS, “MUSIC FOR DEMOCRACY”

2. VARIOUS MUSICIANS PREPARING TO PERFORM, TUNING

3. CROWDS CHANTING “GET OUT TEMER,” REFERRING TO INTERIM BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT, MICHEL TEMER

4. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN STUDENT, AMANDA MAGALHAES, SAYING:

“We are here to defend democracy and to fight against this government. We are taking over the streets and doing everything necessary so Temer leaves the government.”

5. VARIOUS MUSICIANS PERFORMING CARL ORFF‘S, “CARMINA BURANA” TO CHANTS OF “GET OUT TEMER”

6. MORE CHANTS AGAINST TEMER

7. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN CULTURAL PRODUCER, JULIO BARROSO, SAYING:

“The importance of this event is chiefly about resistance. We are here to show that. And we will not leave the streets. It could be today with a thousand people, or it could be tomorrow. It doesn’t matter.”

8. VARIOUS PEOPLE SCREAMING “GET OUT TEMER”

STORY: Demonstrators gathered in downtown Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday (May 17) night, protesting what they say is an illegitimate interim government as President Dilma Rousseff was ousted last week.

They are putting on the pressure using creative means, including organising chamber concerts to perform Carl Orff’s famous “Carmina Burana” 20th Century cantata.

Protesters have emerged throughout the country since last Thursday (May 12) when the initiation of leftist Rousseff’s trial ushered in a centre-right interim government led by Michel Temer, in a process many deem a coup d’etat.

The new cabinet has been criticised for its exclusively white, male make-up, and for early moves to fold a ministry of women, racial equality and human rights into the far-bigger ministry of justice, led by a man.

The protesters have pledged to keep the fight.

Leftists, minorities and many lower-income Brazilians also fear that a deep economic recession, and the spending cuts that the new government says are essential to spur recovery, could mean rolling back progressive policies.

By James Tweedie:

Brazil: Two new recordings implicate plotters

Friday 27th May 2016

More members of coup regime exposed

MORE recordings have emerged of Brazilian coup regime figures plotting to hush up a huge corruption scandal.

Two senior members of interim President Michel Temer’s Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) were caught on tape discussing how to stymie probes into the multimillion-pound bribery scandal at state oil firm Petrobras.

The transcripts were published in newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo on Wednesday, less than two weeks after vice-president Mr Temer took power following the right-wing impeachment of his erstwhile ally Dilma Rousseff.

In the first recording, Senate Speaker Renan Calheiros is heard in conversation with ex-senator Sergio Machado, former head of another state oil company Transpetro, proposing legal changes to bar the use of plea bargain testimony.

Prosecutors have used such deals to implicate high-ranking businessmen and politicians, including Mr Calheiros.

In the second, former president Jose Sarney is heard promising Mr Machado that he would work to keep the investigation of the former senator out of the hands of lower court judge Sergio Moro, who is leading the probe.

Mr Sarney also says “certain conditions” were negotiated with the opposition to oust Ms Rousseff in what her party calls a legislative coup.

PMDB Chamber of Deputies Speaker Eduardo Cunha, who led the impeachment drive against Ms Rousseff, has been accused of taking millions of pounds worth of bribes in the Petrobras affair.

Meanwhile Ms Rousseff said Mr Temer’s aim was to privatise Brazil’s lucrative Atlantic coast pre-salt layer of oil and gas reserves to benefit “a few economic groups.”

The Petrobras website says those strata currently produce around 800,000 barrels of crude a day — around 20 per cent of the firm’s production, a figure set to rise to 52 per cent in 2018.

Mr Temer has announced cuts to education, health and other government budgets this week as part of an austerity drive.

Also on Wednesday Secretary of Investment Moreira Franco, the minister tasked with a raft of privatisations, announced government plans to lift current limits on foreign ownership of agricultural land.

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