“A historic day, a moment of hope and resistance.” This is how Dilma Rousseff has described the general strike that paralyzed Brazil, the first strike in 21 years. ”The struggle for better days for all Brazilians has just begun. The expansion of democracy will lead us to victory,” wrote the former president in a statement.
Almost a year after her impeachment on Aug. 31, when she was relieved of her duties after a long and flawed trial, Rousseff is back on the field against her former centrist ally, Michel Temer, who stabbed her in the back to become the president of Brazil, a position to which he never could have aspired democratically. Since then, the protests against the “coup president Temer” have multiplied. He still remains in the saddle despite the heavy corruption charges over his head and those of his ministers, some of whom have already resigned.
Now, the wrath on the streets has also focused on the haughtiness with which the government protects the interests of the sectors it represents — the oligarchs and the big international capital funds — by bending the rules in their favor and deleting those that get in the way. This attitude is back in vogue in regional blocs of Latin America, where the two big countries that have turned to the right (Brazil and Argentina) make and unmake the rules to get rid of cumbersome partners (Cuba, Venezuela and the ALBA countries). To silence judges (at least the unfriendly ones) the Brazilian Senate (with the participation of 24 elected senators who are under investigation for corruption) voted for a special gag law and a special constitutional amendment that will turn back the clock on basic rights, stopping social spending for 20 years.