British Figures Speak Out Against the Coup in Brazil, One Year On

Despite having no mandate, the government has reversed social programmes that took 40 million people out of poverty, write signatories including Louise Haigh MPDr Francisco Dominguez and Brian Eno.

Statement

“31 August marks one year since Dilma Rousseff’s removal as President of Brazil, when 61 senators trampled upon the political will expressed at the ballot box by the 54 million Brazilians who had elected her. Since then, the illegitimate Michel Temer-led government has shown its true colours with hardline austerity policies.

Despite having no mandate, the government has reversed social programmes that took 40 million people out of poverty. Its policies have plunged the economy into deeper crisis, damaged public services such as healthcare, and hurt the living standards of millions of working and poorer people.”

It is perhaps not surprising therefore that Temer’s approval ratings are in single figures – we stand with the millions of Brazilians demanding elections now.”
Brian Eno,

Linton Kwesi Johnson,

Ann Pettifor,

Andy de la Tour,

Richard Gott,

Chris Williamson MP Labour Friends of Progressive Latin America,

Louise Haigh MP,

Jo Stevens MP,

Elaine Smith MSP,

Neil Findley MSP,

Ross Greer MSP, Tony Burke Assistant general secretary Unite & No Coup in Brazil,

Owen Tudor Head of European Union and international relations, TUC, 

Mick Cash General secretary RMT,

Manuel Cortes General secretary TSSA,

Ronnie Draper General secretary BFAWU,

Dr Francisco Dominguez,

Prof Julia Buxton,

Prof George Irvin,

Sue Branford Editor, Latin America Bureau, 

Lindsey German Stop the War Coalition

 

This Letter was originally published by The Guardian at:  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/30/brazilian-citizens-deserve-elections-now

Photo credit: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/54836

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