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A Society Claims For Change, Unaware It Was Being Manipulated

Hamilton William Dos Santos | Sao Paolo, Brazil

Protesters gather together in a massive protest on Paulista Avenue in support of Sergio Moro, then the presiding Federal Judge of Car Wash cases, against political corruption and in favour of the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff on March 16th, 2016. From 2015 onwards, Brazilian streets were occupied mostly by affluent individuals unhappy not only with the ‘Worker’s Party political corruption’, but also with ‘too much rights’ granted so far to minorities and the poor in Brazil, such as wider access to universities, social programmes and rights to vast swathes of lands granted to indigenous people and slave descendants, known as ‘Quilombolas’. However, while they flocked to the streets in 2015/2016 against the sprawling Petrobras graft scheme, protesters were mostly unaware of that Sergio Moro, then a powerful, popular, Machiavellian and influential Federal Judge, and Deltan Dallagnol, Car Wash’s equally Machiavellian lead Prosecutor, were teaming-up not only to oust Dilma Rousseff from power, but also to jail Lula as quickly as possible, in order to pave the way for the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro to get elected President of Brazil.

When the Brazilian elite turned out to the streets of Brazil on March 15th 2015 observers knew that changing in the make-up of the political system was coming.

Unlike the massive 2013 protests carried out by Brazilians of all walks of life without a clear leadership, from 2015 onwards the streets were occupied mostly by affluent individuals unhappy not only with the ‘Worker’s Party political corruption’, but also with ‘too much rights’ granted to minorities and the poor in Brazil: wider access to universities, social programmes and lands in the Amazon. They were also more conservative, influenced by the ‘Car Wash’, the sprawling corruption case presided over by the then Federal Judge Sergio Moro.

However, when they took the streets in 2015/2016, people were unaware of the fact that Moro and the lead Prosecutor, Deltan Dallagnol, were teaming-up not only to oust Dilma Rousseff from power, but also to jail Lula as quickly as possible, in order to pave the way for the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro to get elected President of Brazil. 

HAMILTON WILLIAM DOS SANTOS

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London - UK

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