Brazilian coup president Temer scared of Olympics spectators

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23 May 2016

Anti-impeachment protests highlight Temer’s failures in Brazil

Filed by Kimberley Brown for New Internationalist

On Sunday, massive anti-impeachment protests were organized in Sao Paulo, Brazil, by the MTST, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Teto or Homeless Workers’ Movement. Various other social movements participated, including women’s rights organizations, unions, workers’ collectives and student movements.

The protests were aimed against the new interim President Michel Temer and his changes to government ministries making their composition all white, male and staffed with representatives from un-elected parties.

The changes do not represent the diverse people of Brazil, said protesters at the event.

Many were opposed to the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff because of their anger with Temer. Some made clear that they were against Temer because they were pro-democracy and he was not elected. However this did not easily translate into tacit support for the outgoing administration.

‘We don’t necessarily support Dilma’s government, but we do support democracy. Because we elected a government and all we got was this confusion,’ said Samara Gardenia from Intersindical.

A local journalist (working with Brasil da Fato) speculated that there were some 30,000 people participating in Sunday’s event. The journalist has been following the anti-impeachment protests around the city and this was one of the smaller ones he’s seen. One reason for this difference was that Sunday’s event was organized mainly by one group, the MTST, rather than several, he said.

The march started at roughly 3pm local time, with about 45 minutes of speeches, rallying and a long march to Temer’s house. The plan for some was to storm his home, but protesters were stopped by officials.

SOUNDBITE 1: (Portuguese) Samara Gardenia from Intersindical

‘We don’t necessarily support Dilma’s government, but we do support democracy. Because we elected a government and all we got was this confusion.’

SOUNDBITE 2: (Portuguese) Luis from the MTST

‘Good afternoon, I’m Luis from Vila Nova Palestina. This is not the first time that we’re here fighting this long battle against regression. Temer’s state, which is doing many things here, this interim government that took power is taking positions that it shouldn’t and cutting things that the incumbent president implemented, which is Dilma.’

SOUNDBITE 3: (Spanish) Marli from the Marcha Mundial das Mujeres

‘In talking about this interim government, we as women don’t believe, well, they don’t represent us.’

SOUNDBITE 4: (Spanish) Marli, soy de la Marcha Mundial de las Mulheres

This coup that is there, it’s better not to call it the government, has no legitimacy. It wasn’t elected, and nobody in the ministries represent the people. They didn’t get one vote from the people. So, they have a long-term project, but we don’t want that project. We don’t want it. That’s why we’re fighting. That’s why we’re in the street.’

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer will not be present at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games next Sunday.

At the opening ceremony, he was massively booed by the audience. The music was then quickly made louder to drown out this painful sound.


Earlier that day, there had already been close to the stadium demonstrations against the unpopular interim president who replace the suspended president Dilma Roussseff.

To avoid another public humiliation Temer choose now for not appearing at the closing ceremony.


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  2. Saturday 20th august 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    by James Tweedie

    BRAZIL’S biggest union federation vowed on Thursday to “go to war” for workers’ rights and against the right-wing drive to oust President Dilma Rousseff.

    The Unified Workers’ Central (CUT), an ally of Ms Rousseff’s Workers’ Party (PT), called a protest march in the capital Brasilia for August 29 to demand that senators vote against her impeachment.

    Ms Rousseff’s PT predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was at the press conference in Sao Paulo as CUT president Vagner Freitas confirmed that the “great act in defence of democracy” was planned.

    Ms Rousseff faces a trial by the country’s senate, starting next Thursday, on dubious charges of hiding extra budget spending in the 2014 election year.

    She was suspended by the lower Chamber of Deputies in May after the PMDB party of Vice-President Michel Temer, now heading a scandal-tarnished interim government, turned against her.

    “The scenario we have in the senate is different from the scenario in the house,” Mr Freitas said.

    “In April, the public supported the coup. Today, there is an understanding that the coup has deepened the political and economic crisis in Brazil.”

    Mr da Silva said Ms Rousseff had been targeted because the US covets Brazil’s huge newly discovered “pre-salt” maritime oil reserves.

    He also condemned the “return to below-inflation wage rises” under Mr Temer.

    CUT vice-president Carmen Foro warned: “The next period, comrades, will be war.

    “I’m talking about the war in defence of our rights, which are being attacked, and the war will be the municipal elections.”


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