Hundreds of academics slam Brazil coup

May 17, 2016
A trade union-organised protest in December against right-wing planned ouster of Brazil's elected president, which became a real

A group of over 800 international academics and intellectuals from around the world, calling themselves "Humanity Against the Coup in Brazil" released a statement on May 16 condemning the ouster of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff by right-wing elements. The statement says that Rousseff's ouster on May 11 was an "imposed coup d'etat by a questionable and corrupt Congress."

The statement comes as thousands of Brazilians protested on the streets against Dilma's removal. At least eight Latin American governments have rejected the ouster. El Salvador has refused to recognise the new government and Venezuela and Ecuador both joined El Salvador in withdrawing their ambassadors in protest.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose government is also under siege from US-backed right-wing forces that are pushing for a coup, described the events in Brazil as an attack on Latin America's left.

“Today, the first phase of a coup to end the era of popular leaders has begun,” Maduro said during a televised speech on May 12.

Pointing the finger at “Powerful oligarchic, media and imperialist forces,” Maduro claimed Rousseff's suspension was “Made in the USA”.

“The coup in Brazil is a grave and dangerous sign for the future stability and peace of all the continent. I know they're coming for Venezuela now.”

Venezuelan opposition leaders have vowed to remove Maduro from office by the end of the year, possibly through a recall referendum. However, opposition leader Henrique Capriles also called on Venezuela's military to “pick a side” in what appeared to be a public call for a military coup.

The impeachment of Dilma comes despite the fact that the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, to which acting President Michel Temer belongs, has been involved in the most serious corruption scandal in Brazil's history, Operation Car Wash. The statement is below.


Humanity against the Coup on Dilma in Brazil

This is not a traditional "political trial", as the Globo Group is attempting to present it. Michel Temer, the visible face of the coup, has already expressed his intentions to bring the private banking sector into the public sphere and to focus in particular on a social policy of austerity for the poorest 5% of the country, which would mean to exclude the 36 million people from the Bolsa Familia. In addition, Temer intends to move toward agreements with the United States and the European Union "with or without the Mercosur".

In short, his perspective is a government for the elite of his country distanced from the majority and to wipe out forever the experience that the country had under the government of the Workers Party.

Temer envisions himself to be the "new Macri" of Brazil, using the new government of Argentina as his model and advancing toward the dismantling of the state rarely seen in Argentina. It is not surprising then that the Foreign Ministry of that neighboring country has shamelessly supported the coup in Brazil under the guise of supporting its institutions. For everything that the coup makers have expressed and with their links to big business, we consider the coup of the President de facto Michael Temer illegitimate and illegal. He has long ago proven that he is a corrupt politician who takes his orders from the darkest parts of the predatory oligarchy of that country.

We are appealing to UNASUR to apply the established Protocol stating a Commitment to Democracy adopted by all the countries of the organisation that could put the brakes on the deterioration of the democratic thread in Brazil. We also demand that the presidents and governments of the world do not recognise Temer and to demand the return of the legitimately elected President Dilma Rousseff. They should also end the political crisis by calling for an immediate presidential election — made by the President herself — so that the Brazilian people can once again express themselves by democratic means and not by an imposed coup d'état by a questionable and corrupt Congress.

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Carmen Bohórquez (REDH General Coordinator)
Marilia Guimaraes (REDH Brazil)
Atilio Borón (REDH Argentina)
Juan Manuel Karg (REDH Argentina)
Omar González (REDH Cuba)
Ariana López (REDH Cuba)
Nayar López Castellanos (REDH México)
Alicia Jrapko (REDH U.S.)
Hugo Moldiz (REDH Bolivia)
Katu Arkonada (REDH Basque Country/Bolivia)
Ángel Guerra (REDH Cuba/México)
Fredy Ñañez (REDH Venezuela)
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