Coup in Brazil
During a recent appearance at a corporate think tank, Brazilian President Michel Temer admitted that his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached because she refused to implement a neoliberal reform plan published by Temer’s party.
Rousseff was formally removed from office on Aug. 31 after the Brazilian senate voted to impeach her for breaking budgetary laws. This allowed Temer to take office despite a court ruling barring him from running for election.
However, Rousseff and other critics of Temer have argued that her impeachment was actually a coup d’etat which set the stage for Temer to take power, backed by a government that’s more favorable to corporate investors.
Appearing Wednesday before an audience in New York at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, a corporate think tank founded in 1965 by the powerful banker David Rockefeller, Temer appeared to admit that the impeachment had more to do with Rousseff’s refusal to adopt a sweeping package of economic and legal changes proposed by Temer’s Brazilian Democratic Movement Party.
According to a subtitled video of his speech published by The Intercept Brasil, Temer said:
“Many months ago, while I was still vice president, we released a document named ‘A Bridge to the Future’ because we knew it would be impossible for the government to continue on that course. We suggested that the government should adopt the theses presented in that document called ‘A Bridge to the Future.’ But, as that did not work out, the plan wasn’t adopted and a process was established which culminated with me being installed as president of the republic.”
In a report published in Portuguese on Thursday and in English on Friday, The Intercept Brasil’s Ignacio Vieira explained that the “Bridge to the Future” plan included economic reforms typical of neoliberal policy, including “cuts to health and education spending, reduced welfare benefits, a raised retirement age, new private sector partnerships and decreased market regulations.”