By Emir Sader on September 1, 2016
The dream of the Brazilian right-wing, since 2002, has come true. Not under the earlier forms that were attempted. Not like when they tried to overthrow Lula in 2005, with an impeachment that failed to prosper. Not with electoral attempts such as in 2006, 2010, 2014, when they were defeated. Now they have found a short-cut to interrupt the PT (Labor Party) governments; which they need all the more, as they will continue to lose the elections, with Lula as the next candidate.
It was through a bloodless coup, for which the coups in Honduras and Paraguay have served as laboratories. Defeated in four successive elections, and with an enormous risk of continuing to do so, the right sought the short cut of impeachment, without any grounds for it, counting on the treason of the vice-president, elected twice under the winning (PT) programme, but determined to apply the programme that was defeated four times in the elections.
Taking advantage of the parliamentary majority, elected to a large extent with funding raised by Eduardo Cunha (until recently, President of the Chamber of Deputies), a man unanimously recognized as the most corrupt among all the corrupt Brazilian politicians, the right-wing overthrew a president re-elected by 54 million Brazilians, without bringing together any motive for impeachment.
Statement about the Coup d’État in Brazil
August 31, 2016 will be forever marked as a day of shame against the Constitution of the Republic of Brazil. This day the sovereign will of 54 million Brazilians, who only 2 years ago endorsed with their vote the re-election of the legitimate President Dilma Rousseff, was fraudulently mocked.
This is not just a blow to the Government of Dilma it is also a direct attack on the democracy of Brazil and the stability and unity of the region. It follows the same script of the “soft coups” already in practice in Honduras and Paraguay and aims to be implemented in Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela.
The current approach of imperialism against the progressive governments of the region is not one that needs to resort to unpopular military dictatorships. In its place the strategy now is to overthrow the legitimate representatives of the people, using the complicity of judges, corrupt politicians and traitorous parliamentarians under arguments that have no legal or constitutional validity.
This is also the coup of O´Globo and the other large media conglomerates that never ceased attacking Dilma, Lula and the Workers Party with malice for the crime of taking 35 million Brazilians out of poverty.