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
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.

São Paulo | Ahora: del asfalto a las ventanas de la oficina presidencial retumban tambores para pedir la renuncia de Temer

“Sao Paulo now: From the asphalt to the presidential office windows reverberate with drums asking for Temer’s resignation.”
“This is how it is right now in Brasilia and it’s raining.”

“Cartoon shows what everyone wants: Elections Now!”

“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.

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“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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Brazil: Top Meat Company Says Temer Received Bribes Since 2010

  • Joesley Batista (L) and Michel Temer (R)

    Joesley Batista (L) and Michel Temer (R) | Photo: Reuters

Published 19 May 2017
Joesley Batista, owner of Brazilian meat company JBS, claims he paid Temer roughly US$1 million in 2010 alone.

Joesley Batista, owner of Brazilian meat company JBS, confessed Friday that de-facto President Michel Temer had requested and received bribes from his company since 2010.

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Batista, the protagonist of a wiretapping scandal incriminating the unelected Brazilian leader, exposed the revelation to the Brazilian attorney general’s office.

Batista claims he paid Temer roughly US$1 million in 2010 alone. Another US$921,000 was requested by the battered president in 2012 in order to support Gabriel Chalita’s bid to become mayor of Sao Paulo.

Batista also claimed that during the impeachment process against ousted former President Dilma Rousseff, Temer requested a payment of more than US$85,000 dollars for political marketing expenditures online.

After the infamous recording of a conversation between Batista and Temer was made public Thursday, analysts across the political spectrum have deemed the president’s position as compromised.

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Temer has repeated that he has no intention of resigning. Contrarily, he’s considering a lawsuit against the owner of JBS in order to strengthen his defense, Globo News reported.

Notwithstanding bribes spanning several years, Batista also claimed that Temer agreed to make secret payments to Eduardo Cunha, former speaker of Brazil’s lower house of representatives, in order to silent embarrassing political secrets that could damage the current government.

Cunha is currently imprisoned for 15 years on charges of money laundering and tax evasion.

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