Sunday, 25. June 2017

BrazilBRAZIL came to a virtual standstill yesterday as trade unionists halted public transport and closed down much of the economy in protest at coup-installed President Michel Temer’s anti-working class policies. Demonstrators blocked roads and scuffled with police in many cities, showing their anger over the Temer government’s attacks on workplace rights and pensions.

The president, whose disapproval ratings have soared to 87 per cent, insists that “flexibility” will revive a moribund economy and claims that the pension system will go bankrupt without changes.

friedenstaubeThe 2016 Assembly of the World Peace Council held from November 18-19 in São Luís and hosted by the Brazilian Center for Solidarity of the Peoples and Struggle for Peace (CEBRAPAZ) concluded with the adoption of the following documents.

CubaThe Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba strongly rejects the parliamentary and judicial coup d’état perpetrated against President Dilma Rousseff.

The Government’s estrangement from the President, without presenting any evidence of corruption or crimes of responsibility against her, as well as from the Workers’ Party (PT) and other left-wing allied political forces, is an act of defiance against the sovereign will of the people who voted for her.

Republic of CubaThe Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba strongly rejects the parliamentary and judicial coup d’état perpetrated against President Dilma Rousseff.

The Government’s estrangement from the President, without presenting any evidence of corruption or crimes of responsibility against her, as well as from the Workers’ Party (PT) and other left-wing allied political forces, is an act of defiance against the sovereign will of the people who voted for her.

Dilma Rousseff. Foto: Lula Marques/AgenciaPT (CC-Attribution 3.0 Brazil)Dilma Rousseff. Foto: Lula Marques/AgenciaPT (CC-Attribution 3.0 Brazil)The president of Brazil Dilma Rousseff, was on Monday (29) in the Brazilian Senate for more than 14 hours, personally defending herself from a supposed crime of responsibility. In her opening speech, she denied the crimes alleged against her and declared, “I would never attempt against what I believe in or practice actions that went counter to the interests of those who have elected me”. Read below:

Your Excellency Chief Justice of the Supreme Federal Court Ricardo Lewandowski,
Your Excellency President of the Federal Senate Renan Calheiros,
Your Excellencies (Senators),
Women and Men Citizens of my beloved Brazil,

On January 1, 2015 I assumed my second term as President of the Federative Republic of Brazil. I was elected by more than 54 million votes.

Republic of CubaThe revolutionary government of the Republic of Cuba has repeatedly denounced the parliamentary-judicial coup d'etat, disguised with legality, which has been developing in Brazil for months. A majority of Brazilian Senators  to continue the process of impeachment of the legitimately elected President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and with this "provisionally" remove her from office for a period of 180 days, during which the Senate must decide, via a two thirds majority vote of its members, to definitively dismiss her.

This is in reality a ruse mounted by sectors of the country's oligarchy, supported by the reactionary corporate press and imperialism, with the purpose of reversing the Workers Party's political project, overthrow the legitimate government, and usurp the power they were unable to win at the ballot box.

All on the streets against the coup!All on the streets against the coup!Brazil's Senate has voted 55 to 22 to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial, which could lead to her impeachment. The marathon session lasted for almost 24 hours and was met with protests in support of Rousseff and against what many call a soft coup. Rousseff maintains that she has committed no crime and that the attempts to oust her are therefore political.

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. Foto: Antonio Cruz / Agência Brasil (CC BY 3.0 BR)Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. Foto: Antonio Cruz / Agência Brasil (CC BY 3.0 BR)Brazilian Senate President Renan Calheiros announced his decision to move forward President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment process in the Senate, ignoring the decision of acting lower house speaker Waldir Maranhão, who annulled the session at the Chamber of Deputies in which the case was approved. Calheiros considered Maranhão's act as a »joke with democracy« and demanded to proceed with reading at the Senate floor of the report from the special committee, in favor of impeachment, approved by the Chamber of Deputies.

BrazilThe acting speaker of Chamber of Deputies, Waldir Maranhão, has annulled the April 15-17 session of the lower house that approved the impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff and saw the case move ahead to the Senate. The annulment, announced by the presiding officer of the house on Monday (May 9), complied with a request from the Attorney General's Office (AGU). Maranhão has asked Renan Calheiros, president of the Senate where the impeachment proceedings are now being handled, to send back the case to the Chamber of Deputies. He has also ordered a new session at the Chamber of Deputies to hold a new vote within five sittings of today.

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