With President Dilma Rousseff suspended and impeached, il manifesto spoke with João Pedro Stedile, a Brazilian economist and leader of the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST), about the future of the country’s lower and emerging middle class.
Now that Rousseff has been suspended, what can happen now?
It’s time to mobilize against the coup. A coup without tanks in the streets, but equally unsettling: similar to the one against Fernando Lugo in Paraguay in 2012. Then also it was Vice President [Federico] Franco who instigated the impeachment for no reason. There is nothing legal in what happened, because the president has not committed any crime and was ousted from power illegally. The popular organizations have made it clear. The working class has made it clear. The intellectuals, the artists, the basic liberal church has made it clear.
For the MST, for the movements gathered in the Frente Brasil Popular, the Temer-Cunha government has no legitimacy because it was born out of corruption and a return to neoliberalism. We brought to Senate President Renan Calheiros and President of the Supreme Federal Tribunal Ricardo Lewandowski the equivalent of three volumes of signatures against this impeachment process. In the meantime, we need to employ every available energy because we expect a period of many struggles and crises at all levels: political, social, environmental.