As you consider all of this, remember that Brazil was under a US-friendly, CIA-sponsored military dictatorship from 1964 (Golpe 64) until 1985. The regime imprisoned, disappeared, and tortured many of the guerilla opposition. Dilma was imprisoned and tortured for three years beginning at the age of 22 in 1970. The CIA/US coup against Hugo Chavez in 2002 ended quickly when the military by and large refused to support it. May it prove so in this case eventually.
“Brazil’s Senate vice president has denounced a siege against suspended President Dilma Rousseff ordered by the interim right-wing president.
Senate-imposed Interim President Michel Temer has deployed military troops to cordon off the area surrounding the Palácio da Alvorada, residence of the suspended President Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian Senate Vice President Jorge Vianna said on Thursday.
Vianna said there’s a checkpoint at the Palácio do Jaburu, where Temer currently resides, and which is very close to Rousseff’s residence in the capital of Brasilia.
“Anyone visiting President Dilma has to go through a checkpoint installed at Jaburu, with several heavily armed military … I just made a visit to President Dilma. I was with the president of the National Congress. And we had to identify ourselves and wait a long time before g(e)tting the access,” Vianna said.
“This means that the elected president is under siege? What country is this? What provisional government is this?” the senator added.”
Temer assumed the post of interim president last week following the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff who is now facing a Senate impeachment trial.
Rousseff, along with millions of others across the country, regards the move as a coup waged by the right-wing opposition.
Despite formerly chairing the oil giant Petrobras — from which several former and current officials are linked to the corruption scandal dubbed “car wash” — Rousseff has not been formally tied to the scandal and there are no formal charges against the socialist leader.”
Snakey Interim President Temer has appointed the head of the Sao Paulo stock exchange as CEO of (currently state-owned) Petrobras; Bloombegr has reported that at least partial privatization is already in the works.
Also at Telesur: ‘Brazil Coup Gov’t Moves to Change Definition of Slavery and It’s an Absolute Disaster’; Brazil’s new unelected government is looking to introduce new measures that would “soften the definition of slavery” in the country in what is being seen as a roll back of many of the reforms introduced by the leftist government of President Dilma Rousseff.
Clearly Dilma made strides in ‘freeing some of the slaves’, but not enough, critics claim, especially the indigenous of the Brazilian Rain Forest.
Temer’s short rule has already been so egregious that even (gasp!) the Guardian seems taken aback: ‘Brazil’s interim government wastes no time erasing Workers’ party influence; In just a week, centre-right government has scaled back social policies as ideological shift already has sparked outrage and fear of going backward’
“Moves are under way to soften the definition of slavery, roll back the demarcation of indigenous land, trim housebuilding programs and sell off state assets in airports, utilities and the post office. Newly appointed ministers also are talking of cutting healthcare spending and reducing the cost of the bolsa familia poverty relief system. Four thousand government jobs have been cut. The culture ministry has been subsumed into education.”
The author does present (ahem) supporters’ viewpoints, of course.
RT has up a very long interview and transcript: ‘Dilma Rousseff: Old Brazilian oligarchy behind ‘coup’, May 19, 2016 (video translations in English), including:
DR: I’m fairly optimistic. I keep fighting not only to remain President, but also – and first and foremost – for the democratic rights in my country. To tell you the truth, I don’t intend to stay cooped up in my official residence, the Alvorada Palace. I want to go to many Brazilian cities and meet many people. This way I can tell Brazil, and maybe even the entire world, about what’s really going on in the country and how we intend to counter what we believe is a coup attempt.
RT: Speaking of the impeachment, the coup and the trial, I’d like to ask you – is this basically a soft coup, without weapons and violence? Moreover, to which extent do you think this coup is aimed against you, and to which extent not only against Brazil, but against its allies, say, the BRICS countries?”
Her response is very long… much of it you’ll likely already know.
The opposition (headed by former Chavez coup-plotter Henrique Capriles) to Bolivarist Maduro is hinting at a coup as I type (see the Club des Cordeliers post below); stay tuned. In the Ukraine, Nuland’s nationalist neo-Nazis and other thugs are on fire to Maidan II the Chocolate King if he goes forward with elections in the Donbass; more on that another day.