Maybe Glenn Greenwald put it best: “Are the fundamentals of democracy being honoured and respected or are they are being assaulted and attacked? Pretty clearly in Brazil they are being assaulted and attacked. Whether you want to call it a coup or not is a semantic issue.” The democratically elected president of Brazil, Dilma Rouseff has been removed from office by undemocratic forces.
Dilma has been accused of corruption, yet 3 members of the cabinet which replaced her have already resigned for an oil scandal. It seems that the new, unelected, president Michel Temer was also involved. Yet Temer is threatening to push through an austerity package in a country where over 20% of the population lies below the poverty line. As part of this package, Temer plans to extend the working day for some workers from 8 to 12 hours.
Was the coup avoidable? As Brazil’s first female president, Dilma – like her predecessor Lula – was popular, yet Brazil did not see the mass mobilisations that saved Hugo Chavez from a similar coup attempt in Venezuela. Was the coup instigated by the US, like the one against Chavez and the putsch in Chile 43 years ago? And what do developments in Brazil say for the prospects for Socialism of the 21st Century in Latin America?
Wellington Bernardes Delazari, a left-wing Brazilian economist living in Berlin will discuss these and other questions with us on 22 November: 7pm in Karl-Liebknecht Haus KIZ, Kleine Alexanderstraße 28 on Rosa Luxemburg Platz.