Brazil’s Temer Could Lose Power as Fraud Accusations Pile Up

teleSUR | June 07, 2017

Michel Temer

Michel Temer’s grip on power after being installed last year, through an impeachment process widely condemned as a group, is increasingly slipping. | Photo: Reuters

As multiple corruption scandals continue to swirl around Brazilian President Michel Temer and his government, the country’s top electoral court has relaunched a case that could remove the president from office over alleged illegal financing in his 2014 campaign as running mate to former President Dilma Rousseff.

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Over 100 Diplomats Call to Restore Democracy in Brazil

teleSUR June 02, 2017

Brazilian diplomats express concern that Temer

Brazilian diplomats express concern that Temer’s administration threatens democracy.

Further cementing the widespread opposition against the President from diverse sections of the Brazilian public, an open letter signed Thursday by over 100 Brazilian diplomats condemned the administration of Michel Temer and called for the restoration of democratic elections to the country.

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Venezuela Accuses OAS of Hypocrisy Over Brazil

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Police Crack Down on Protesters Demanding Temer’s Ouster

IN PICTURES: Protesters swarmed the streets of Brazil’s capital to demand the resignation of scandal-marred President Temer.

teleSUR | May 24, 2017

Riot police officers clash with demonstrators during a protest against President Michel Temer and the latest corruption scandal to hit the country, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 24, 2017.
Riot police officers clash with demonstrators during a protest against President Michel Temer and the latest corruption scandal to hit the country, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 24, 2017.Photo:Reuters

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.”

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MST Leader Joao Pedro Stedile: ‘We need direct elections now and an emergency plan for the people’

The Dawn | May 18, 2017

by Joana Tavares / Source: Brasil de Fato

Photo credit: Santiago Macambira / Mídia Ninja

Photo credit: Santiago Macambira / Mídia Ninja

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 »

‘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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