Brazilian coup regime and other South American governments

This video says about itself:

4 September 2016

Dilma Rousseff, the first woman president of Brazil, ousted by a coup government, has worked hard throughout her tenure. While in power, she championed the cause of women in Brazil and worked towards uplifting millions out of poverty.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Coup regime tries to scare its left-wing neighbours

Monday 5th September

BRAZIL’S coup regime issued an ominous warning to its progressive neighbours yesterday, telling them to “learn from” the country’s “democratic experience.”

Foreign Minister Jose Serra hit out at Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia following their decision to withdraw their ambassadors from Brasilia after the Brazilian senate voted to impeach democratically elected president Dilma Rousseff in a bid to derail a probe exposing widespread corruption related to the state oil firm.

“I hope [they] have the maturity to learn from the Brazilian democratic experience,” said Mr Serra in China, where he is accompanying coup leader Michel Temer at the G20 summit.

But the minister, who was caught out by WikiLeaks promising foreign oil companies [especially Chevron] in 2009 that he would end state firm Petrobras’s favoured position in offshore oil exploration, took a more conciliatory line towards Uruguay, which has also blasted the legislative coup against Ms Rousseff.

Uruguayan Interior Minister Eduardo Bonomi branded the senate vote a “coup” on Thursday, saying Mr Temer “has no legitimacy.”

But Mr Serra said he was “sure our relations with Uruguay will improve.”

Meanwhile, in Brazil, the new regime came under fire on Saturday over its shake-up of the commission responsible for paying reparations to victims of the 1964-85 military dictatorship.

Ms Rousseff was one of the tens of thousands of left-wing activists tortured in this period.

The Movement for Truth, Memory, Justice and Reparation pointed to the appointment of Paul Lopo Saraiva, a former army sergeant implicated in repression following the 1964 overthrow of president Joao Goulart.

The group said it was “absurd to have among the members of the new commission the names of people who did not emphatically oppose and condemn dictatorship and military crimes or, worse, may have been employees of the dictatorship.”

Six members were removed from the commission on Friday and 20 new people added, the first time anyone has been added without public consultation.

And the US-dominated Organisation of American States finally broke its silence over the coup late on Friday, expressing “its concern about claims of irregularities, arbitrariness and the absence of due process guarantees in the process.”

The body has repeatedly threatened to suspend Venezuela for imprisoning those behind deadly protests aimed at toppling the left-wing government.

Police used tear gas on Sunday to disperse thousands of demonstrators at the end of a peaceful march to protest the removal of leftist president Dilma Rousseff last week in an impeachment trial. It was the largest of a wave of demonstrations against new President Michel Temer since the conservative lawyer was sworn in on Wednesday to replace Rousseff for the rest of her term through 2018: here.

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