teleSUR | August 17, 2017
Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez accused the Organisation of American States (OAS) of double standards Thursday, after the regional body refused to discuss the political crisis in Brazil.
“The immorality of the Organisation of American States … and their secretary general, Luis Almagro, [who] have kept silent regarding the repression in Brazil,” Rodriguez tweeted.
Protesters calling for the resignation of Brazilian President Michel Temer and new elections were met with brute police force Wednesday, with riot police firing rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray, and charging on horses at the over 150,000-strong crowd.
The latest protests come on the heels of the most severe scandal to hit the government after a wiretap recording revealed Temer had endorsed bribes to keep former president of the lower house Eduardo Cunha — who is not in jail — quiet.
The president has vowed that he will not step down over the scandal, saying in an interview with Brazil’s Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, “I won’t resign, oust me if you want.”
Joao Pedro Stedile, leader of the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST) and of the People’s Brazil Front, analyzes the Brazilian political scenario, the role of the O Globo media network, the internal divisions among the putschists, and speaks about the need of building a transition government and the people’s project of Brazil.Read More »
As daylight broke in Brazil on Friday, scores of labor unions and grassroots organizations began what is expected to be one of the biggest general strikes in the country’s history against President Michel Temer’s neoliberal reforms, bringing the country to a standstill.
In Brazil’s biggest city and economic hub, Sao Paulo, only one metro line was operating, 70 major routes were blocked off as was access to the city’s major airport. Before daylight, a number of protesters clashed with police while trying to occupy a vacant building. Further south in Santos, police reportedly used tear gas in an attempt to clear roads leading to the city’s port.
Other cities across Latin America’s largest country are expected to have a similar fate. People are setting up road blockades, burning tires in the streets, and protesting the unelected government and its neoliberal labor reforms and austerity programs, with many holding signs of “Fora Temer!” (Temer Out!).Read More »