Protests in Brazil

2017-05-30 09:17:15 / web@radiorebelde.icrt.cu / Translated by: JC Caballero

Protests in Brazil

As part of the shouts claiming for new elections, there have been many Brazilians who have united them on the streets of the Rio de Janeiro city. It is a large-scale demonstration, along with the presence of many artists and left-wing personalities, covered the streets in front of Copacababa beach, according to the Hispan Tv network channel.

The local demonstrators were demanding the end of the term of the Brazilian President, Michel Temer, which is involved in a serious scandal on corruption.

According to the local constitution, if Michel Temer renounces or if he is removed from his position, the Brazilian Congress should carry out an indirect election. It would have to elect the person who could complete the presidential term which was initiated by Dilma Rouseef in 2015 and concluding by the end of 2018. However, the local demands include direct elections due to the lack of confidence about the highest Brazilian political spheres.

The protests, which were organized by the social and union movements, are also insisting on the continuity of the struggle so that the end of the economic austerity reforms that have controlled the political agenda, during the last year.

In spite of the accusations and related pressures, Michel Temer refuses to renounce. There are also groups of people that were convened by the left-wing unions and parties which demanded Michel Temer´s removal and the withdrawal of his economic austerity measures.

Protests in Brazil

An unusual Protest

Over 500 masks, painted in red, were left on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro city to ask for the President´s resignation. There were 595 masks those ones left on the Brazilian beach´s sand in reference to the 513 federal deputies, 81 senators and Temer President through an original initiative by the Rio de Paz ONG.

“They were painted in red to symbolize the shame that should be on the face of the Brazilian political class.” The local organizers pointed out.

“We want the resignation of the president of the Republic and a political reform which enables the related struggle against the low-knowledge of our representatives.” Antonio C. Costa, the founder of that organization, stated through a note.

The same demonstration that took place in the esplanade of the Minister, the Avenue where the main governmental buildings of Brazil are located, will be repeated the last day of the month of May in Sao Paulo city.

Antonio C. Costa also highlighted through his demand the escalation of violence in Rio de Janeiro where there have been children who has been killed by stray bullets and the inhabitants from the poor slum dwellings, locally known as favela , who live under the shadow of fear.

“Our nation registers a homicide rate which is typical from nations under a civil war period to the extent that there are 60.000 Brazilians who are killed. “Antonio C. Costa added.

Antonio C. Costa declared not to have hope about going back that terrifying statistic, let alone having a president without autonomy to rule and a mediocre National Congress and all of this happening in the middle of a political crisis, which has cornered the head of state.

Michel Temer´s government is at stake due to the scandal caused by the testimonies given to the officials of justice of the JBS butcher industry. The high level officials of that company accused Michel Temer of having received bribes since 2010. They provide a key recording in which the head of state was listening to the very likely crimes. They also revealed the bribes paid to 1.829 politicians from 28 local political parties in exchange of favors for that company.

In addition, the Brazilian Supreme Court opened a research against the government for a passive corruption, obstruction to justice and illegal association.

Protests in Brazil

Criticism against the Brazilian Police

The Brazilian police was criticized by a violent intervention that was carried out on Sunday to dismantling ´Crack land´ in the related land from San Pablo city.

“The police intervention left 10 people dead in a Para farm as part of the context of the agrarian conflict, according to the local Pastoral Commission of the Land.” The related organizations pointed out.

By Ana Teresa Badía



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