Social Movements and the Struggle for Democraticy in Brazil Summary

, by  Vida Brasil

The removal of Dilma Rousseff from the presidency of the First Brazilian Republic represents, for the vast majority of social movements and organizations of civil society in this country, a deep breach of the democratic regime in place since 1985: a real coup d’état, denounced tirelessly in recent months around the world by diverse actors. "Fora Temer! (Out with Temer, the name of the new president) has become the most pronounced slogan both in Brazil and far beyond its borders.
Unlike the dictatorships that took hold in the 60s and 70s in Latin America, here we have a new generation of coups d’état that emerge from an alliance of conservative forces of the legislative and judicial branches, economic and financial elites, and big commercial media. On the basis of constitutional mechanisms, a trial was "created" for the president in office, who was accused of criminal liability in window-dressing government accounts, judged and finally deposed by the Senate on August 31, although so far no crime has been proven. Her accusers - many of whom are involved in cases of corruption - argued for the taking into account of the "overall picture" of Dilma’s work, the responsibility for the economic and political crisis, and even, as in the closing argument of the prosecutor, the will of God as the main actor in the impeachment trial.

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