‘Out Temer, Elections Now!’: New Round of Protests Hit Brazil

teleSUR | May 21, 2017

Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazil

Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazil’s President Michel Temer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 18, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Just when Brazil’s political crisis can’t seem to get any worse, Michel Temer is caught red-handed on tape giving his blessings to bribes paid to judges, prosecutors, a police task force member and a powerful witness in government corruption investigations, Eduardo Cunha, the former speaker of Brazil’s lower house of representatives.

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Strike Against Temer’s Neoliberal Reforms Brings Brazil to a Halt

teleSUR | April 27, 2017

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 »

Brazil Youth Minister Wanted More Deadly Prison Riots

telesur | 11 January, 2017

Relatives attend the funeral of one of the inmates who died during a prison riot, at the cemetery of Taruma in Manaus.

Relatives attend the funeral of one of the inmates who died during a prison riot, at the cemetery of Taruma in Manaus. | Photo: Reuters

Brazil’s government faces one of its most difficult political moments of its short time in office following the death of close to 100 prisoners in a week and after one of its ministers welcomed the deaths, saying the country needed more deadly riots to control the country’s prison overpopulation.

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Concern as Brazil’s Coup Government Moves to Scrap Environmental Regulations

Telesur | 21 December, 2016

Yanomami Indians in an illegal gold mine in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Roraima state, Brazil

Yanomami Indians in an illegal gold mine in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Roraima state, Brazil | Photo: Reuters
If approved, the changes are expected to have devastating consequences for Brazil’s Indigenous people and efforts to mitigate climate change.

The Brazilian government is attempting to scrap two important environmental regulations which environmental and Indigenous activists say will have a disastrous effect on efforts to fight climate change and put Indigenous communities in danger.

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Brazil’s Largest Social Movement Occupies Govt for Land Rights

Telesur | 05 September, 2016

Brazilian social movements and unions launched a three-day national action on Sept. 5, 2016 to demand rights for landless people.
Brazilian social movements and unions launched a three-day national action on Sept. 5, 2016 to demand rights for landless people. | Photo: MST
The MST is spearheading a national mobilization demanding rights for landless people and resisting the neoliberal rollback under the Temer government.

More than 1,000 activists from Brazil’s largest social movement occupied the Ministry of Planning in Brasilia Monday morning to demand authorities address the needs of rural and farming communities. The protest kicked off a three-day national action bringing together thousands of demonstrators fighting for the rights of hundreds of thousands of landless families in the South American country.

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Brazil Coup Govt Unleashes Wave of Repression on Protesters

Telesur | 05 September, 2016

100,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Sao Paulo demanding the coup regime vacate the presidency and call snap elections.

State security officials, working on behalf of the coup regime in Brazil, unleashed a wave of repression against a 100,000 person strong demonstration Sunday in the city of Sao Paulo opposing the ouster of Dilma Rousseff.

In what was the largest rally since the consolidation of the coup earlier this week, demonstrators called for Michel Temer to step down and for snap elections to be held.

The demonstration was reportedly peaceful until the Military Police attacked the crowd with teargas as people began to disperse and demonstrators headed for metro entrances.

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Questions following coup in Brazil: [Part IX: The intervention]

[Part I-VIII has been published in this site earlier]

by Farooque Chowdhury

Role of external intervention in Brazil has complicated the case in the country. Overthrow of a government in Latin America “cannot happen without US approval”, argued Glenn Greenwald in one of his articles on developments in Brazil. “[I]t’s always true that the US government strongly prefers right-leaning governments than left-leaning ones in South America”, he said. He builds up his argument: “Why? It’s obvious: right-leaning governments tend to help the international banks, Wall Street, hedge funds, international capital.” It’s not possible to throw away Greenwald’s arguments by anyone aware of the Empire, its interests and operations. Read More »

Questions following coup in Brazil : [Part VIII: The working people]

[Part I-VII has been published in this site earlier]

by Farooque Chowdhury

Frontier | 31 August, 2016

The working classes in Brazil are not with a tamed character. The classes have experience of hitting with massive strikes. A brief description below tells their steadfastness.

The year 1979 saw a wide working class mobilization. On May 12, 1978 workers at a truck and bus factory in Sao Bernardo began a sit-down strike. Within a week 77,950 workers in Santo Andre, Sao Bernardo, Sao Caetano and Diadema were on strike. The strike movement spread throughout the country. Within nine weeks 245,935 workers were on strike in nine cities in the state of Sao Paulo. By year’s end, 539,037 workers went on strike throughout the country. More than three million metalworkers, textile workers, urban service workers, bank workers, miners, construction workers, teachers and agricultural workers went on strike in 1979. In the first six months of the Figueiredo government, there were 83 strikes involving over 200,000 workers, and several incidents of violent confrontations with army and police. The international financial community found it impossible to impose the austerity they sought. In the face of working class resistance, the IMF – in the short-term – began to ameliorate its demands, and in the long term, began seeking growth-oriented adjustment programs. (Conrad M. Herold, “Working Class Struggle and the Brazilian Debt Crisis”)Read More »

Temer Gets Furious Welcome from Brazilians Across the Country

Telesur | 31 August, 2016

Protests in Belem

Protests in Belem | Photo: Twitter / @j_livres
The impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff was an attack on democracy, said thousands of Brazilians marching against the coup government.

Brazil’s streets erupted in protest after democratically-elected Dilma Rousseff wasdeposed as president with 61 votes in the senate Wednesday.

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Dilma Rousseff Ousted, Temer Installed as Brazil’s President

Telesur | 31 August, 2016


Brazil’s former Rousseff speaks at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia | Photo: Reuters
Brazil’s right wing finally achieved what it couldn’t for years at the ballot box, ending 13 years of left-wing governance.

Brazil’s de facto president Michel Temer was been sworn in on Wednesday afternoon, after the country’s Senate voted to impeach suspended President Dilma Rousseff, a a trial that many international critics have described as a farce and a parliamentary coup.

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