Brazil’s president forced to rescind order calling out the army against protesters

by Bill Van Auken, WSWS

Brazil’s President Michel Temer Thursday was forced to rescind an executive order he had issued the day before calling the army into the streets and giving it powers of arrest for the period of one week.

The measure was ostensibly taken to quell a protest Wednesday in the capital of Brasilia called by the unions and social movements to oppose pension and labor “reforms” attacking basic social rights and to demand Temer’s ouster and replacement through the calling of direct elections.

Calling out the army, however, had the air of an act of desperation on the part of a president who is facing multiple corruption charges and is viewed as illegitimate by the majority of the Brazilian population.

The most recent opinion polls indicate that Temer, the former vice president who was installed in the presidential palace through the impeachment of his predecessor, Workers Party (PT) President Dilma Rousseff in August 2016 on trumped-up charges of budgetary irregularities, is opposed by 95 percent of the population, with 85 percent favoring the immediate convening of new elections…

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  1. Reblogged this on msamba.

  2. This is in your neck of the woods, know anything about this murder? They think it’s a crime, guess he could’ve shot himself in the back of the head, right?

    http://www.ibtimes.com/federal-prosecutor-found-dead-possible-gunshot-florida-beach-2544142

  3. Some writers on the alt-media like Gearoid O’ Colmain were already speculating about the Deep State’s need for a regime change of Silva or Rousseff, because of their loss of profits for their oligarch friends based on the state capitalism and multilateral foreign policy of both, for years. Colmain published an entire series on upscale globalist Brazilians’ attempts to destabilize her presidency back in 2013, for Dissident Voice:
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/08/brazils-vinegar-revolution-left-in-form-right-in-content-6/
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/08/brazils-vinegar-revolution-left-in-form-right-in-content-4/
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/08/brazils-vinegar-revolution-left-in-form-right-in-content-5/
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/08/brazils-vinegar-revolution-left-in-form-right-in-content-2/
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/07/brazils-vinegar-revolution-left-in-form-right-in-content-3/
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/07/brazils-vinegar-revolution-left-in-form-right-in-content/
    (The selection is in chronological order, but the HTTP code scrambled the numbers.)

  4. Lookie here:
    “It was to implement such measures, which expand upon the attacks already begun under the PT governments of Lula and Rousseff, that Temer was brought to power.”
    Considering the popularity of Inacio and Dilma, they have to have done at least something for blue-collar Brazilians. Lula oversaw the expansion of the middle class, and small professionals, in particular. The two of them were relentlessly slandered in the American and allied presses. This statement from WSWS is pure bullshit. Since they want to violently overthrow everyone because nobody satisfies their unrealistic purist standards, Trotskyites have been called out with good reason as “the left wing of imperialism”. Trotsky was said to have favored suppressing trade unions in the Russian Empire, and then the nascent Soviet Union. Violence by Trotskyites against devout Catholics in Spain is also considered by some historians to be a catalyst for Franco and the fascists ascending in popularity.
    Another site that gets its authors’ minds right, Scotty.

    • I posted this article to inform readers that Temer, who I called out as a neoliberal technocrat tool of our “soft power” “national interests” when he was installed, was forced to recind his order to use the military on the people of his own country.

      “Calling out the army, however, had the air of an act of desperation on the part of a president who is facing multiple corruption charges and is viewed as illegitimate by the majority of the Brazilian population.

      The most recent opinion polls indicate that Temer, the former vice president who was installed in the presidential palace through the impeachment of his predecessor, Workers Party (PT) President Dilma Rousseff in August 2016 on trumped-up charges of budgetary irregularities, is opposed by 95 percent of the population, with 85 percent favoring the immediate convening of new elections.”

      And that is what I posted… exactly what part of that news right there do you have a problem with?

      I don’t endorse everything written on their website, nor do I claim to categorize all of their writers like you do, as “Trotskyites” based apparently on one sentence in the midst of some otherwise good reporting on developing news out of Brazil.

      I don’t know what all of the 20 or so people working at that website are and moreover, I don’t particularly care.

      What I posted was accurate… is it not? In fact I could have gone further and posted these two paragraphs as well, which are also pretty damn accurate:

      “Wednesday’s demonstration in Brasilia drew tens of thousands of protesters into the streets of the isolated, inland capital. The protest was largely peaceful until a group of masked members of the so-called black bloc, a group that has frequently been infiltrated by agent s provocateurs, attacked police and vandalized government ministry buildings, setting one, the agricultural ministry, on fire.

      Police responded with overwhelming and disproportionate force against the demonstrators as a whole, unleashing massive amounts of teargas, firing stun grenades and rubber bullets, sending mounted police with riot sticks into the crowds and, at one point, firing live ammunition at protesters.

      Does that sound like the “left wing of imperialism” to you? You think the Huffington Post or CNN or MSNBC would publish that? Because, they really are the left wing of imperialism.

      • WSWS still smeared Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff by association. I don’t endorse Michel Temer at all.

      • An otherwise good article can hide very tendentious or dishonest posturing in what looks like a sea of good information or commentary. It’s the stopped clock paradigm: someone mostly wrong can be right part of the time, and someone mostly right can be wrong part of the time, too. Maybe you’re right that WSWS features more good than bad, but like 21st Century Wire to Penny, it’s always rubbed me the wrong way. They have published anti-Iranian and anti-North-Korean content in the past. Just my two cents.

        • I am on record as having issues with some of what WSWS has published. I don’t automatically post links to their work. So, in that regard, we are in agreement.

  5. From the Portuguese perspective (former colonizer in Brazil), I can give an idea of ​​how this political situation has developed. For example, when there was pressure for Dilma Rousseff to step down from the presidency, there was no day that this case was not reported, to the point where one of our newspapers showed Lula da Silva dressed as a «beagle boy» (one of the characters from the Disney World). At the moment, while the investigation is under way against Temer, there is no news. Temer appears, from time to time, in small cover of the newspapers, so that this situation goes unnoticed.

    • It seems that GW Bush’s reign was good for South America. The Empire under neocons got completely preoccupied with Middle East and thus for several years South America was not in the direct sight of Eye of Sauron. This omission it seems was rectified under Obama whose administration (Brzezinski influence?) had much broader vision for the world under the Empire. It seems that Ecuador and Bolivia are still holding on and Venezuela is on the brink but Argentina and Brazil fell back in to the hands of neoliberals.

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