President Michel Temer backtracked. He revoked the state of emergency and withdrew the army from the streets of Brasilia. But he hasn’t given up his seat, won with an institutional coup against Dilma Rousseff. Therefore, he hasn’t turned off the political and social fire.
There is a risk now of this fire spreading to the whole of Brazil, after the street battles in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. “Fora Temer” is the slogan that resonates now in virtually all states of the South American giant. This sign of popular rejection affects not only the president, but, in general, all politicians, perceived as corrupt and inefficient. It reminds of the slogan “Se vayan todos,” booming in Argentina in December 2001, reduced to the pavement by a corrupt political class, at that time represented by justicialista President De la Rúa. Even in the case of Brazil, it is no longer a matter of dismissing the coup president, but the lack of confidence in the entire political system. Much of the population cries out for the direct election of the head of state. In other words, an institutional change.
Temer’s fate appears sealed. The Order of Lawyers of Brazil introduced on Thursday its impeachment request, which was added to the other 16 already submitted to Congress. Since the disclosure of the polemical audio recording in which Temer consents to pay off an arrested former MP, to avoid being mixed up in corruption, the trickle of defections from his staff is turning into a torrent.