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'It is a Coup Against Dilma and Entire Working Class' - Brazilian Activist

© AFP 2023 / NELSON ALMEIDASupporters of the government of Brazilian suspended President Dilma Rousseff protest against her upcoming impeachment trial in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 12, 2016
Supporters of the government of Brazilian suspended President Dilma Rousseff protest against her upcoming impeachment trial in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 12, 2016 - Sputnik International
Brazilian protesters held a number of demonstrations in 15 cities on August 9, as the Brazil Senate voted for impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. In a note, calling for “the fight against the coup and non-legitimate government," protesters claimed the new government infringed upon the social rights and the impeachment had no legal basis.

Leonardo Péricles, national coordinator of the Fight in Regions, Villas and Slums (Movimento de Luta nos Bairros, Vilas e Favelas), which is part of the Brazil Without Fear movement (Brasil sem Medo), told Sputnik why current situation in the government is considered a coup.

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"We believe that Temer's government is not legitimate, as it came to power due to the institutional coup that differs from the revolutions with military personnel, tanks and bayonets, to which we got used to throughout our history," said Péricles, adding that the coup took place in the upper house, the Senate, with a conservative majority, which does not support interests of the population.

"Temer's government can be called the most corrupt after the military government. This coup is not only against Dilma, but also against the entire working class," the activist continued.

"Every day it becomes clearer, as we see the proposals and bills that are currently being developed to increase the working day and intensify the exploitation of the working class. Major banks in our country offer to increase the interest on the repayment of the national debt, which had already been absurdly high during the previous government," he added.

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Péricles also told about the case of Minister of Foreign Affairs José Serra, who was accused of receiving 23 million Brazilian Reals (US $7 million) from a construction company off-the-books.

"José Serra is of Temer's government. It was a very well-founded charge that 23 million Reals were transferred to his pocket, and nothing is done about that. Major media in this country treats this news as unimportant and focused on other secondary issues of our political scenario."

The activist is certain that what is happening is a coup, as it does not take into account many issues.

"It is clear that the President did not break budget laws. From our point of view, the biggest of Dilma's mistakes is that she ruled in collaboration with the sectors, most of which are still in power. They gave up on the government in times of crisis, took the opposite side and held one of those major institutional coups that Latin America and the world has already seen," Péricles concluded.

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