Artists and intellectuals who oppose the impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff rallied at the Planalto presidential palace Thursday (Mar. 31). Among the demonstrators were writer Fernando Morais, actors Antônio Pitanga, Osmar Prado and Sérgio Mamberti, as well as cultural producers Pablo Capilé and Vovô do Ilê Ayê. The president also attended the event, accompanied by actress Beth Carvalho and writer Raduan Nassar, among other artists. Culture Minister Juca Ferreira attended the event along with other cabinet members.
“I'm here today because I'm Brazilian. I'm not a PT member, but I think what's at stake here today is something bigger than the PT, [former President] Lula, or Dilma Rousseff. What's at stake is the democracy, the risk we're facing of being subjected to a coup-d'Etat. Ousting the president with no impeachable offence is a coup-d'Etat. And I'm also here to foster a nation project which raised 40 million people out of poverty and brought electricity to millions in Brazil's poorer regions. The Brazilian elite and Brazil's right wing cannot bear to live with it,” said writer Fernando Morais.
Actor Antônio Pitanga also defended the government, arguing that the goal is to protect citizenship and democracy. “I stand here as a father, as a grandfather, defending citizenship and democracy. I don't want my grandchildren to witness what I have witnessed when I took part in the students' movement and fought the 1964 dictatorship. So we can't see this moment and remain silent. I'm here saying no to the coup,” he said.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira
Fonte: Agência Brasil.