A tense calm. That is how the political panorama in Brazil at the moment could be described following the beginning of an impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff. At various events the head of state has reiterated that she has a clear conscience as she has not committed any of the crimes she is accused of.
Last week a group of opposition Congress members, led by Chamber of Deputies President Eduardo Cunha, gave the green light to the request for an impeachment process against the President, based on alleged violation of the Law of Fiscal Responsibility, on having “made up” the 2014 public accounts.
On Tuesday, December 8, Rousseff herself called for the process against her to be sped up, in order to clarify and stabilize the situation in the country; meanwhile, Cunha postponed the creation of a commission in Congress to study the request for impeachment.
The news sparked diverse reactions within the political spectrum of the country. Former president Luiz Inácio Lula, and even renowned opposition leaders such as former presidential candidate Marina Silva, voiced their objections to the move against Dilma.
For Lula, Cunha’s decision lacks any legal basis; it is just another demonstration of hatred, and proof that he has put his personal interests above those of the country.
Meanwhile, the former president of the Supreme Federal Court (STF), Joaquim Barbosa, called into question the possibility of impeaching Rousseff.
“Neither the Federal Accounts Court (TCU) or the Superior Electoral Court possess the mechanisms to initiate a process of such magnitude,” Barbosa stated, during the 7th International Financial and Capital Markets Conference, which was held recently in Sao Paulo.
“Impeachment is a very serious thing which, if it were to happen, we know how it would begin, but nobody knows how it would end. It is a seismic shock to institutions. It has to be well-founded, with clear proof that the President of the Republic is directly involved. Without this, we end up losing out and the institutions become bankrupt,” Barbosa, who is responsible for investigating the corruption case on what has become known as the “mensalao” corruption scheme, concluded.
On the other hand, a letter from Vice President Michel Temer to Dilma Rousseff was recently made public, in which he asserts that she has never trusted him and that he consider himself a merely “decorative Vice President.”
Temer leads the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) – to which Cunha also belongs – but his letter was roundly mocked on social media, and did not have the desired political effect.
Political analyst Katu Arkonada commented, along the same lines as many others, “The initiative proposed by Deputy Cunha, who is a political cadaver, has absolutely no legal foundation: it is a political excuse based on an administrative mistake (the violation of the Fiscal Responsibility Law). It is a desperate move by a desperate person, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, who has not felt supported by the government in dealing with the numerous corruption trials he is going to be obliged to face.”
Arkonada, also a member of the In Defense of Humanity Network, told Granma that the “soft parliamentary coup” being attempted in Brazil comes at a time when Latin America faces “a reflex reaction to the change of era, a stage of deceleration of the progressive cycle, and even some retreats, such as the defeats of Kirchnerismo in Argentina and Chavista forces in recent legislative elections in Venezuela.”
Given this regional scenario, Arkonada continues, “We must, more than ever, be alert to coup attempts against progressive governments,” recalling, “When left wing governments cannot be removed via the electoral route, the Latin American right conspires to remove them in an undemocratic manner, and this is what is happening in Brazil.”
At this point, Arkonada proposes establishing as a priority “defending Dilma’s government against this parliamentary coup, and later supporting the re-composition of the PT to win the 2018 elections with Lula as the candidate.”
The specialist commented that the attacks on Dilma are intended to reach Lula as well, to discredit him, and prevent his possible return to the Presidency, likewise noting that the role of the press must be emphasized, citing O ‘Globo as an example of the destructive power of the corporate media which opposes the Rousseff administration.
Every day this television network broadcasts at least five minutes of anti-government propaganda (at peak viewing times between soap operas) with opposition deputies explaining why the President must be prosecuted, thus very effectively playing its role within the destabilization plan.
I share the unanimous opinion of those who have congratulated you for your brilliant, valiant speech on the night of December 6, as soon as the election’s outcome was announced
In world history, the highest level of political glory which a revolutionary can reach, is that of the illustrious Venezuelan combatant, Liberator of America, Simón Bolívar, whose name now belongs not only to this sister country, but to all peoples of Latin America.
Another Venezuelan official of honorable legacy, Hugo Chávez, understood and admired him and struggled for his ideas until the last moment of his life. As a boy, attending elementary school in the country where the poor children of Bolívar were obliged to work to help support their families, he developed the spirit in which the Liberator of America was forged.
The millions of children and youth who today attend the largest and most modern system of public schools in the world are Venezuelan. More can be said about the country’s network of medical care centers and the attention paid to the health of its people, brave but poor as a result of centuries of plunder by Spanish colonialism, and later by huge transnationals, which for more than 100 years extracted from its entrails the best of the immense oil reserves nature bestowed on this country.
History also bears witness that workers exist, and make possible the enjoyment of nutritious food, medicine, education, security, housing and the world’s solidarity. You could ask the oligarchy, if you like: Do you know all of this?
Cuban revolutionaries – just a few miles from the United States, which always dreamed of taking possession of Cuba to make it a hybrid casino-brothel, as a way of life for the children of José Martí – will never renounce their full independence or respect for their dignity.
I am sure that human life on Earth can only be preserved with peace among all peoples of the Earth, and acknowledgement of the right to make the planet’s natural resources common property, as well as the sciences and technologies created by human beings to benefit all of its inhabitants. If humanity continues along the path of exploitation and the plunder of its resources by transnationals and imperialist banks, the representatives of states meeting in Paris, will draw the relevant conclusions.
Security does not exist today for anyone. There are nine states which possess nuclear weapons. One of them, the United States, dropped two bombs which killed hundreds of thousands of people in just three days, and caused physical and psychological harm to millions of defenseless people.
The People’s Republic of China and Russia know the world’s problems much better than the United States, because they were obliged to endure the terrible wars imposed on them by fascism’s blind egoism. I do not doubt that, given their historical traditions and their own revolutionary experience, they will make the greatest effort to avoid a war and contribute to the peaceful development of Venezuela, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Fidel Castro Ruz
December 10, 2015
CARACAS.— The Bolivarian Government of Venezuela announced a series of measures to protect workers and the people in general, following the threats made by leaders of the opposition regarding specific laws that have benefited the working class.
In response to the request made by conservative businesspeople to the recently elected deputies of the right to repeal the country’s Labour Law on taking up their positions in the National Assembly, President Maduro announced that he would issue a decree this Friday to guarantee job security for three years (2016, 2017 and 2018), in order to protect public workers.
He stressed that the right will not be able to execute its threats against workers and planned layoffs as long as he was in power, acting in the name of Chávez.
In his weekly program, En Contacto con Maduro, the president rejected the offensive remarks of Henry Ramos, newly elected as a deputy for the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), against workers of the National Assembly’s television and radio stations, whom Ramos described as an embarrassment, announcing their imminent dismissal.
Given the statement, the current President of the legislature, Diosdado Cabello, announced the sovereign decision to transfer full management of both channels to the workers; an initiative that both defends them from attack and allows them to safeguard their freedom of expression.
Maduro also ordered a restructuring of his cabinet, for which he asked his current ministers to submit their resignations, in order to renovate the various areas of government.
Making use of the Enabling Law, the president stated that he would decree that the Cuartel de la Montaña – where the mortal remains of Comandante Hugo Chávez rest – be transferred into the hands of the people, through the Foundation that bears the name of the leader, in order to protect the institution from the attacks planned by the Venezuelan right.
This measure comes in response to statements made by the Secretary General of the MUD, Jesús Torrealba, who threatened to close the site should his faction secure the necessary majority (two thirds of the seats) in the National Assembly.
Maduro also announced the start of a profound process of national dialogue at the grassroots, in each neighborhood, through a set of popular assemblies, to undertake a “critical, self-critical and active” debate aimed at rebuilding a new revolutionary majority.