Leaders from the parties opposing Rousseff's government and some union centers staged Friday (Apr. 8) in São Paulo a protest for the president's impeachment.
“The names of each congress member will go down in history after the vote to be held Monday (11), at the special impeachment committee, and Sunday (17) at the lower house floor,” said PSDB head Aécio Neves, the presidential hopeful defeated in the previous elections, in 2014.
Neves went on to argue that the country is not politically divided, and that most of the population think the president should be removed from office. “At least 70 or 80% of the population are on the side of change, the restoration of ethics and efficiency. On the other side stand those who believe in a backward, anachronistic project, which cause Brazil to lose job posts in every sector and every region,” he declared.
In the view of Senator Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, who took part in the armed fight against the dictatorship, the impeachment does not represent a break from democracy. “There will be no coup. Rather, what's going to take place is the impeachment, the impeachment of those who committed not just one crime—that of the [accounting tricks], which reduced the country's finances to a shambles. Their crimes include corruption, unbridled theft, destroying Brazil's biggest company—a crime against employment, the crime of recession. Brazil isn't divided; it's united in watchwords like “out with Dilma,” “out with the PT,'” he added.
Roberto Freire, head of the PPS (former Brazilian Communist Party), noted that the government has boasted that the poor and the working class are supportive of the current administration. Freire believes they form the group who is under the most severe difficulties, and that they are also calling for the president's removal.
“We must tell this country that there's a decent left wing, which didn't get involved in any criminal organization,” Freire said.
To the judgment of Paulo Pereira, head of the Força Sindical union center, workers and unionists oppose Rousseff's administration. “We decided to call the social movement of São Paulo and some from outside to say that the workers and the unionists want Dilma out, and want her to take the PT along with her,” Paulo Pereira said.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira
Fonte: Agência Brasil.