Brazilians Take to the Streets, Demand Temer Out, New Elections Lead banner calls for Temer

Lead banner calls for Temer’s ouster. | Photo: Reuters
Published 18 May 2017 (7 hours 38 minutes ago)
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Protesters are being met with riot police and repression, according to reports.
Fora Temer! (“Out Temer!”) has become the battle cry of the streets and with that, a call for the return of democracy. teleSUR takes a look at social movements and popular organizations demanding Temer’s removal and fresh elections.

Nacho Lemus @LemusteleSUR
São Paulo | Ahora: del asfalto a las ventanas de la oficina presidencial retumban tambores para pedir la renuncia de Temer
2:28 AM – 19 May 2017 · Sao Paulo, Brazil
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“Sao Paulo now: From the asphalt to the presidential office windows reverberate with drums asking for Temer’s resignation.”

Adriana Robreño @AdrianateleSUR
Así está #Brasilia ahora y llueve ☔️
12:31 AM – 19 May 2017
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“This is how it is right now in Brasilia and it’s raining.”
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Frente BrasilPopular @frentebrasilpop
A charge que exprime o que o Brasil quer #QueroVotar
11:13 PM – 18 May 2017
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“Cartoon shows what everyone wants: Elections Now!”

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CUT Brasil @CUT_Brasil
Centrais devem ocupar Brasília e preparam outra Greve Geral #1maiodeluta
8:49 PM – 1 May 2017
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“Central Workers Union plan to occupy Brasilia and organize another general strike.”

Joao Pedro Stedile, leader of the Landless Workers’ Movement and the Popular Front of Brazil — organizations in the forefront of the struggle — urged people to remain in the streets after Temer falls, according to Brasil de Fato.

With three impeachment requests by parliamentarians in less than 24 hours, Michel Temer finds himself isolated and battered, unable to ward off a backlash after a wiretap implicated him in approving bribes that would obstruct the hand of justice.

Brazil’s Top Court Approves Investigation into President Temer After Damning Wiretap

“Look, you’ve got to keep that up,” Temer responded upon hearing Joesley Batista, chairman of meatpacking giant JBS SA, confirm that monthly hush money was being paid to keep Eduardo Cunha silent. Cunha, Brazil’s former speaker of the lower house of representatives, is reported to be aware of dozens of embarrassing secrets that could further jeopardize the legitimacy of Temer’s presidency.

On Thursday, Parana Institute Research released a survey indicating that 87 percent of Brazilians favor the immediate removal of Temer . Meanwhile, 88 percent support Temer’s impeachment, resignation, or removal by the Supreme Court.


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5 Things You Need to Know About Slavery in the Americas
5 Things You Need to Know About Slavery in the Americas
Published 1 January 2017
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More than 300 years of slavery in the Americas killed millions yet was also heroically resisted by many across the continent.
On the Jan. 1 anniversary of the Haitian Revolution, teleSUR takes the opportunity to take a historic look at the momentous and cataclysmic slave rebellion, focusing on the wider Translatlantic Slave Trade, which lasted for more than 300 years and took a tremendous toll on humanity.

Haiti: First Slave Rebellion

Toussaint Louverture was the leader of history’s largest ever slave revolt, which started in 1791 and lasted for over 12 years. The result was the eventual transformation of the French colony of St. Domingue into the independent country of Haiti, the world’s first truly anti-colonial, anti-slavery Black republic.

Louverture led the anti-slavery movement in his country into a war for independence, using his political and military genius to fight the French and Spanish colonial powers in what would later become a fully-fledged, independent nation-state.

Numbers of Slaves in Americas and Deaths

Over the period of the Atlantic Slave Trade, from approximately 1526 to 1867, some 12.5 million slaves were shipped from Africa, and 10.7 million arrived in the Americas.

By 1820, nearly four Africans for every one European had crossed the Atlantic. About four out of every five females who traversed the Atlantic were from Africa.

Well over 90 percent of enslaved Africans were brought to the Caribbean and South America.

Approximately 2.4 million Africans died during the journey to the Americas, known as the Middle Passage. Estimates by researchers suggest that at least 4 million Africans died in Africa during the raids and forced marches toward the ports.

Other estimates also say that up to 5 million might have died right after their arrival into the Americas in so-called “seasoning camps,” the most notorious being found in the Caribbean regions.

Brazil Had the Most Slaves in the Americas

From about 1600 to 1850, some 4.5 million enslaved Africans were taken to Brazil, which amounts to 40 percent of all slaves brought to the Americas.

Brazil was the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery in 1888. The 2010 Brazilian census found that “97 million Brazilians, or 50.7 percent of the population, now define themselves as Black or mixed race … making African-Brazilians the official majority for the first time.”

The Underground Railroad

The railroad was a network of secret routes and safe locations used by 19th-century slaves of African descent in the United States who had escaped from their owners in southern states and sought to settle in the 14 free states of the North and “the promised land” Canada. They were aided by abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.

Beyond Victimhood: 5 Slaves Who Fought Back and Changed History

The network’s name had nothing to do with it being underground or with trains. The name came from the fact that the network was carrying out its activities in the dark and in secret while railway terms were used by those involved with the system to describe how it worked.

Routes were lines, stopping places were called stations, those who aided along the way were conductors and their charges were known as packages.

Slavery Financed the Industrial Revolution and the Rise of Capitalism

Slavery helped finance the Industrial Revolution in Europe. Plantation owners, shipbuilders, and merchants who dealt in the slave trade accumulated vast fortunes, leading to the establishment of banks and heavy industry in Europe and the strengthening and expansion of capitalism around the world.

In his ground-breaking work, “Capitalism and Slavery,” published in 1944, Eric Williams countered the traditional view of the role of slavery in the world economy. He firmly established the African slave trade’s central role in European economic development.

The African slave trade was also the backbone of the rise of the U.S. as a dominant capitalist power.


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by teleSUR / mh-DB-RT-mk-DB

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