Brazil is sinking into a state of permanent exception. The latest in a long series of blows was the decree, signed by Temer and approved on Monday by the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, by which the government, for the first time since the entry into force of the Constitution in 1988, delegated to the armed forces the task of maintaining public safety in the State of Rio de Janeiro until Dec. 31 of next year.
This measure was claimed to be justified by the need to fight organized crime, but its real purpose was to avoid a vote on the extremely unpopular issue of pension reform, in which the government would have been defeated. Brazilian law does not permit organizing a vote on a constitutional amendment while a special federal intervention is underway.
At least for this parliamentary term, the threat of pension reform has been averted, which would have had devastating effects on the poorer strata of society. However, the alarm caused by the intervention of the military in Rio de Janeiro is not any less serious, reinforcing the notion that involving the military is the solution for everything.