Coup Against Democracy in Brazil

Statement about the Coup d’État in Brazil

2016-08-31-PHOTO-00000009 (1)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. They were also guilty of having positioned Brazil with its huge economic potential and extending the greatest natural resources in Latin America to the service of those who before were always excluded. Their vision of foreign policy was one forging mutually beneficial alliances outside the domination of the Empire.

From the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, we strongly oppose this coup d’état orchestrated by the Brazilian oligarchy in partnership with imperialism. We express our absolute solidarity with President Dilma Rousseff.

We will fight for the legitimate return to power of Dilma Rousseff. We will never recognize the illegitimate government of the coup promoter Michel Temer.

We extend our solidarity to the Brazilian people, to the Workers, to the Landless and the Homeless, the Social Movements and the Workers Party.

Be Strong President Dilma! The People are with you!

International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity

August 31, 2016