Peru’s President Castillo working for the people

President Pedro Castillo in a public act, Peru, 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ @DiarioUnoPeru

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo who has given up his presidential salary and continues to receive only his teacher’s salary and who has promoted projects for the benefit of the Peruvian people is under attack from right wing lawmakers who want him impeached.

Working from a script similar to the one used in Brazil against  Dilma and Lula where false charges are made to undermine the popular leader in a soft coup, the right wing want Castillo removed from office.

“The decision makes no sense because the Castillo administration has promoted projects for the benefit of the Peruvian people,” leftist lawmaker Robles argued. 

On Tuesday, President Pedro Castillo argued that lawmakers who back the presidential dismissal request issued by Congress Vice-President Patricia Chirinos should do so before the Peruvian people and not within the “four walls” of the parliament enclosure.

RELATED: Peru: Veronica Mendoza Rejects plots Against President Castillo

“Until now, I had kept respectful silence about the Congress decisions, but today I feel obliged to speak publicly: right-wing lawmakers intend to dismiss me for political reasons,” Castillo condemned.

“Instead of being accountable for their management, these politicians try to meddle in my administration’s agenda. I took office to work for our people, and I will not allow them or anybody to prevent me from doing so,” he stressed.

While most legislators are members of right-wing parties, the presidential impeachment request is unlikely to be approved because many legislators have rejected its undemocratic character.

We cannot support this proposal because Chirinos has publicly rejected Castillo’s tenure in office,” the Alliance for Progress (APP) party militant Eduardo Salhuana said.

Leftist lawmaker Silvana Robles also stated that this decision undermines governance and seeks to weaken the Castillo administration because it is not aimed at solving problems, but at generating them.  “The President has promoted projects for the benefit of the Peruvian people, such as ensuring universal and free health care coverage for all cancer patients and negotiating an increase in national gas production so that all Peruvian families can access this resource. Therefore, the demand for his removal makes no sense,” Robles concluded.

An impeachment or political trial for Luis Almagro?

Source:  La Santa Mambisa

December 20 2019

 

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By Elson Concepción Pérez

Neither Trump nor Almagro would ever think of acknowledging that more than 400,000 health professionals have participated in missions outside of Cuba since 1963.

Knowing a server from a foreign power smells like a mercenary. Aligning with the worst hoaxes to harm our people is also embarrassing. And that is what Luis Almagro does every day.

In the Cuban case, this man has a fixation, so that, before the smallest blink of the US Department of State, he runs first in the genuflexes row, and more now when he surrenders completely for the sake of being re-elected as general secretary of the OAS, the ill-fated institution with an American surname.

The most recent of the compromises between the government of Donald Trump and the oea of ​​Luis Almagro, was the organization and realization of a forum in Washington with the title The Dark Reality Behind the Cuban Medical Missions, whose sole purpose is to discredit the programs of Third World health, where the doctors of the Island have performed a solidarity work never achieved by medicine worldwide.

Cuban health professional have made some 2 billion consultations  around the world since 1963

Neither Trump nor Almagro would ever think of acknowledging that more than 400,000 health professionals have participated in missions outside of Cuba since 1963, including those carried out after hurricanes, earthquakes and the confrontation with Ebola in Africa. During that time a total of one billion 923 million 712 550 consultations have been made, according to figures released by the Cuban Ministry of Public Health. There are currently about 29,000 employees in 65 countries.

Who, other than a Trump or an Almagro, would think – no matter how much hatred they have against Cuba – to question one of the noblest pillars, that of human solidarity, provided by our nation, which cures diseases and relieves pains in the souls of the unprotected of this world?

End the OAS or veto Almagro

In that case, the suggestion that I can make to the governments that still belong to the OAS is to end an institution so harmful to our peoples or, at least, veto a secretary general like Luis Almagro, the worst among worse when it comes to treating countries and governments that drive the most noble solidarity programs.

Does the OAS need a true impeachment or political judgment against its secretary general? Maybe that would look even more like his master, Donald Trump.

SOME MOMENTS OF THE US CRUSADE AGAINST CUBAN MEDICAL MISSIONS

May 2019
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States organized a Conference at the headquarters of said organization on the alleged crimes against humanity committed by Cuba, in relation to Cuban medical cooperation abroad.

June 2019
The State Department, in its Report on Trafficking in Persons 2019, denigrated Cuba’s international medical cooperation and, a month later, imposed visa restriction sanctions on Cuban officials linked to medical missions.

August 2019
The Agency for International Development (Usaid), a US institution that provides funds for subversion programs against the Government of Cuba, has allocated $ 3 million for projects directed against Cuba’s medical brigades abroad.

September 2019
The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, during his speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations, tripled ridiculously, out of evil or ignorance, the liar and unfounded figure used by Washington, that Cuba maintains 20,000 military personnel in Venezuela, to refer to Cuban health collaborators.

November 2019
The medical cooperation programs with Ecuador and Bolivia cease, a decision encouraged by the persecution of the United States, which has forced the cessation of these programs as before in Brazil (November 2018). The declarations of senior officials of the United States slandering that the Cuban medical brigades in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela are military troops are notorious.

Source: Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of December 5, 2019

Tens of Thousands Protest Brazil’s Temer on Independence Day

Source: TeleSUR
September 7 2016

Unelected President Michel Temer was greeted with shouts of “Out with Temer” upon his first public appearance in Brazil since being installed in office.

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Demonstrators protest against President Michel Temer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sept. 7, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Unelected government

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Wednesday in over a dozen Brazilian cities for a national day of action dubbed the “Cry of the Excluded” to protest the country’s unelected government as President Michel Temer made his first public appearance one week after being installed in office.

OPINION: Democracy Is Dead in Brazil

Coinciding with Brazil’s independence and marked by shouts of slogans like “Out with Temer,” the marches protested the rollback in social programs and protection of human rights expected under the newly-inaugurated conservative government, which already began to implement an aggressive neoliberal agenda during its “interim” three months in office.

Living a coup

“This Sept. 7 is quite different because the people are living a coup,” Silvana Conti, a candidate with the Communist Party of Brazil in Porto Alegre, said in a statement, using the widely-repeated criticism of the impeachment process against ousted President Dilma Rousseff as a parliamentary coup. “It is important that the Brazilian people show that they are not accepting an illegitimate government and will not leave the streets until a return to democracy.”

Cries calling for his removal

When Temer made an appearance accompanied by his wife Marcela in Brasilia for the Independence Day parade, he was met with cries calling for his removal, local media reported. It was his first public appearance in Brazil since his speedy inauguration on Aug. 31 following the 61 to 20 vote in the Senate to impeach Rousseff, and the hostile greeting echoed the reception of boos he received during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Rio last month.

OPINION:   MST: Social Movements Must Rise up Against Coup Govt in Brazil

Protesters flooded the streets 

Meanwhile, protesters also flooded the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Recife, Campo Grande, and several other locations. Solidarity protests were also held internationally, including in London.

“They did not calculate well the opposition there would be against the withdrawal of workers’ rights,” said Lindbergh Farias, senator with Rousseff’s Workers Party, during the demonstrations in Rio, Folha de Sao Paulo reported.

Labor unions and social movements have come together

In recent days, labor unions and social movements have come together to reject Temer’s plans for the country, which include lifting restrictions on foreign land ownership, cutting social programs, and privatizing the country’s natural resources, including rich offshore oil reserves. Temer has also moved toward cozier relations with the United States after years of independent foreign policy favoring South American regional integration under Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

On Monday, Brazil’s largest social movement – the Landless Worker Movement, or MST – occupied government offices in Brasilia to demand attention to agricultural issues while an estimated 12,000 protesters took to the streets in various actions across the country to echo demands for agrarian reform and guaranteed access to farmland for landless rural people.

A gang of corrupt politicians condemned an innocent person

Social movements have vowed to continue to protest the so-called coup against Brazilian democracy while fighting to protect the social gains won over more than a decade of Workers’ Party governments.

“Michel Temer’s government claimed that once the impeachment was approved, the country would be at peace. What we witnessed was a strong reaction because society realized that a gang of corrupt (politicians) condemned an innocent person,” Raimundo Bonfim of the Central Popular Movements told Folha. “And since then there have been protests against the neoliberal agenda.”

In recent weeks, police have cracked down on anti-Temer protests.

Dilma responds to impeachment in letter

Source:  Granma
September 6 2016

by Dilma Rousseff | internet@granma.cu

“Today, the Federal Senate has made a decision which shall go down as one of history’s great injustices…61 senators replaced the choice of 54.5 million votes”

dilma responds.jpgToday, the Federal Senate has made a decision which shall go down as one of history’s great injustices. The senators who voted for the impeachment have chosen to tear the Brazilian Constitution apart. They have decided to interrupt the mandate of a president who did not commit a responsibility crime. They have condemned an innocent person and executed a parliamentary coup. (Photo: EFE)

Now that I have been removed from office, politicians who are desperately looking to escape justice will rise to power with those who have been defeated in the past elections. They are not coming to power on direct popular vote, as Lula and I did in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. They are taking it over on a coup d’etat.

This is the second coup that I have faced in my life. The first, a military coup, supported by the brutality of weapons, repression, and torture, struck me when I was young. The second, a parliamentary coup which was completed today by means of a judicial farce, removes me from an office publicly elected by the Brazilian people.

61 senators replaced the choice of 54.5 million votes

This was an undisputed indirect election, in which 61 senators replaced the choice of 54.5 million votes. It was a fraud, which we are going to appeal on every possible instance.

It is shocking that the greatest effort against corruption in Brazilian history, which has been made possible by actions and laws created after 2003 — further developed in my government — is helping a group of corrupt politicians to power.

The national, progressive, inclusive and democratic project which I represent is being interrupted by a powerful conservative, reactionary force, with the support of a partisan, venal press. They are going to seize the institutions of the State and have them serve the most radical economical liberalism and social regression.

This coup will affect every progressive, democratic political organization

They have just overthrown the first female president of Brazil, with no constitutional justification for this impeachment. But the coup was not only against me or my party. That was just the beginning. This coup will indistinctly affect every progressive, democratic political organization.

The coup is against social and union movements and against those who fight for their rights in every sense of the word: the right to work and to protect labor laws, the right to fair retirement, the right to housing and land, the right to education, to health, to culture, the rights of young people in making their own future, the rights of black people, of indigenous people, of LGBT people, of women, the right to express oneself with no repression.
The coup is against the people and against the nation. This coup is misogynistic. The coup is homophobic. The coup is racist. It is the imposition of a culture of intolerance, of prejudice, of violence.

I ask Brazilians to listen to me. I speak to more than 54 million Brazilians who voted for me in 2014. I speak to the 110 million Brazilians who approved direct election as the legitimate way to choose their presidents.

Stopped being invisible

I speak mainly to Brazilians who, during my government, overcame poverty, who made the dream of owning a home come true, who started getting medical care, who went to University and stopped being invisible to the eyes of the nation, earning their long denied rights.

The disbelief and the sadness we feel at times like these are very bad influences. Don’t give up the fight.

Listen closely: they believe they have defeated us, but they are wrong. I know all of us will fight. They will face the most solid, tireless, and energetic opposition that a coup government can have.

Biggest reduction of social inequalities

When President Lula was elected for the first time, in 2003, we came to power singing that no one should be afraid of being happy. For 13 years, we have successfully carried out a project that promoted the greatest levels of social inclusion and the biggest reduction of social inequalities in Brazilian history.

The story will not end like this. I am certain that the interruption of this story through a coup is not final. We are coming back. We are coming back to continue our journey towards this Brazil where the people come first.

I hope we can find ways to unite ourselves for causes which are common to every progressive person, regardless of party affiliation or political stance. I propose that, together, we fight against backwardness, against the conservative agenda, against the elimination of rights, for national sovereignty and for the full reestablishment of democracy.

Leaving with dignity

I leave the Presidency as I came: without having made any illicit act, without having betrayed any of my commitments, with dignity, and carrying in my heart the same love and admiration I always had for Brazilians, and the same urge to keep fighting for Brazil.

I lived my truth. I gave my best. I didn’t run away from my responsibilities. I was moved emotionally by human suffering. I was touched by the fight against poverty and hunger. And I fought against social inequalities.

I had some good fights. I lost some, I won many of them, and, right now, I’m inspired by Darcy Ribeiro to say that I don’t want to be in the place of those who believe themselves victorious. History will be merciless against them.

Gender equality

To the Brazilian women, who covered me with flowers and affection, I ask them to believe they can. Future generations of Brazilian women will know that the first time that a woman became president in our country, sexism and misogyny reared their ugly faces. We have built a one-way road towards gender equality. Nothing is going to take us back.

In this moment, I will not say goodbye to you. I am sure I can say “I’ll see you soon.”

I will close now, sharing these beautiful words of encouragement from Russian poet Mayakovsky:

“We are not happy, that’s true
But what is the reason for us to be sad?
The sea of history is turbulent
Threats and wars, we will cross them
Break them apart
We’ll cut through them like a keel”

A warm hug to the Brazilian people, who share with me the belief in democracy and the dream of justice.

Thursday, September 1, 2016.

(Taken from medium.com)

Unasur calls meeting of foreign ministers following coup in Brazil

Source:  Granma
September 2 2016

Author: Prensa Latina | internet@granma.cu

Rousseff’s removal from office has prompted varied reactions among governments of the region, several of which have described it as a “coup”.

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The Brazilian people remain mobilized in the streets against the coup. Photo: Brasil de Fato

QUITO.— The Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), Ernesto Samper, will begin a round of consultations with member country foreign ministers, in order to arrange a meeting and address the issue of the removal from office of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

In a statement released yesterday the regional mechanism noted that the move in Brazil “raises concerns and has regional implications, consideration of which justifies an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers,” as reported by PL.

A “coup”

Rousseff’s removal has prompted varied reactions among governments of the region, several of which have described the move as a “coup”.

The protests following the vote by the Brazilian Senate to impeach the president have multiplied across more than a dozen states; however incidents have only been recorded in São Paulo.

There, in the same place where just a few hours before a group opposed to Rousseff had celebrated her removal with honking, cake and champagne, supporters of the former president confronted the Military Police, who attempted to disperse two protests against the Temer government.

Solidarity with Dilma

The two demonstrations departed from the São Paulo Art Museum, in the financial heart of the country, toward the center of the city and, for the third straight night, police fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

In Brasilia, hundreds of supporters of the Workers’ Party mobilized, as they have done since Monday, in support of the former president.

A crowd gathered to hear Rousseff’s brief farewell speech following her ousting and sang the national anthem in front of the Palacio de la Alvorada, the presidential residence.

Protests against Michel Temer

Several hundred gathered that evening on the Explanada de los Ministerios, facing the Brazilian Congress, to express solidarity with Rousseff.

Protests against Michel Temer also multiplied across Río de Janeiro, where hundreds of people demonstrated in the center of the city, and other capitals of the interior, such as Porto Alegre, Salvador, and Vitoria.

Dilma Rousseff Ousted, Temer Installed as Brazil’s President

Source:  TeleSUR
August 31 2016
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    Brazil’s former Rousseff speaks at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia | Photo: Reuters

Achievement through a parliamentary coup, not the ballot box
Brazil’s right wing finally achieved what it couldn’t for years at the ballot box, ending 13 years of left-wing governance.

Brazil’s de facto president Michel Temer was been sworn in on Wednesday afternoon, after the country’s Senate voted to impeach suspended President Dilma Rousseff, a a trial that many international critics have described as a farce and a parliamentary coup.

RELATED:  ‘Out With Temer!’ Brazil Social Movements Protest Coup Govt

So sure ahead of time that Rousseff would be impeached, Temer had scheduled an address to the nation and meetings with officials, hoping to be officially sworn into office before 5 p.m. The ceremony was quick and Temer didn’t wear a presidential band, as sworn presidents do. He is now set to fly out to China, where he will attend the G20 summit.

Loudly booed but claiming applause

Temer, a right-wing member of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party—loudly booed at the Olympic opening ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro—has been implicated in major corruption allegations, including bribery, and is barred from standing in another election.

“Today we inaugurate a new age (…). We have to leave here with the applause of the Brazilian people,” the 75-year-old said Wednesday.

 The Senate voted 61 to 20 in favor of Rousseff’s ousting, installing Temer in office until the 2018 election. There were were no abstentions among the 81 Senators, who easily passed the two-thirds majority threshold of 54 votes to confirm the impeachment.

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Heated debating

In a separate vote on whether or not to ban Rousseff from office for the next eight years, Senators voted 42 in favor and 36 against, with three abstentions, falling short of the threshold required to pass. The ousted president will be permitted to continue to hold office, while the installed president, Michel Temer, has already been banned from running for office for eight years.

In the immediate leadup to the vote, Supreme Court President Ricardo Lewandowski ruled to separate the vote on whether to impeach Rousseff from a vote on whether to suspend her “political rights” to hold any public office. Lewandowski announced the decision after Rousseff’s Workers Party requested the votes be split in two. The decision sparked a heated debating, further delaying the final vote.

Baseless charges against Dilma

Speaking from the Presidential Palace after the final decision, Rousseff reiterated her innocence in the face of baseless charges and vowed not to give up the political struggle against poverty and inequality to which she has dedicated herself during her first and partial second terms in office.

 “I will fight tirelessly for a better Brazil,” she said, thanking her supporters, particularly Brazilian women, for their support during the impeachment process that she slammed as a discriminatory and misogynistic coup. “We will be back. We will come back to continue our journey towards a Brazil in which the people are sovereign.”

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“I wouldn’t want to be in the place of those who think they’re the winners,” she continued. “History will be relentless with them, as has happened in the case of past decades.”

Rousseff, suspended from office since May, is charged with spending money without congressional approval and using an accounting sleight of hand to make the government’s budget appear better than it was ahead of her 2014 reelection — a technique used by many previous presidents that critics of the process have argued is not an impeachable offense as defined in the constitution.

Coup plotters implicated in corruption cases far more serious than accounting tricks

Her allies both nationally and internationally point out that many of the lawmakers who have plotted the coup are implicated in corruption cases far more serious than accounting tricks. According to the public interest organization Tranparencia Brasil, some 60 percent of the 594 members of the Congress face major criminal charges, from corruption to electoral fraud.

Closing arguments in the week-long trial began Wednesday. Tuesday, 66 of the chamber’s 81 senators took to the floor in a marathon session.

Massive street protests across the country to support Dilma
Rousseff and her supporters have, from the beginning, called her ouster a coup. Social movements, trade unions, campesinos, youth, Afro-Brazilian and youth groups have erupted in massive street protests across the country to support both Rousseff and democracy. The largest country in South America with a population of nearly 200 million, Brazil only at only rid itself of a military dictatorship 31 years ago.

RELATED:  Latin America Reacts to Rousseff’s Impeachment in Brazil

“We are 54 million Dilmas,” read signs at many of the protests, referring to the number of votes Brazil’s first woman president received in 2014. Police are trying to crack down on protesters ahead of Wednesday vote.

Rousseff’s dismissal consolidates a political shift to the right and the end of 13 years of leftist Workers Party rule that helped lift some 30 million Brazilians out of poverty.

In testimony to the senate Monday, the 68-year-old leader denied any wrongdoing and said the impeachment process was aimed at protecting the interests of the economic elite in Latin America’s largest country, comparing the trial to her persecution under Brazil’s military dictatorship when she was tortured as a member of an urban guerrilla group.

60 percent of Brazilians want snap presidential elections

According to a recent poll by Datafolha, 60 percent of Brazilians would want snap presidential elections if Rousseff is removed to vote in a new leader to the country’s top office before the scheduled 2018 polls. Recent surveys have repeatedly shown that Rousseff’s Workers Party predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is the favored candidate in the next election.

In his few months in office, Temer has rolled back many of the social programs aimed at lifting marginalized communities out of poverty and isolation. Food subsidies, health care measures and education policies have been overturned and he has promised more austerity if he stays in office.

RELATED:  Majority of Senate That Impeached Rousseff Under Investigation

A political lynching – history will absolve Dilma

Workers’ Party Senator Angela Portela said it was a sad day for Brazil’s democratic system because an elected president was being unjustly impeached. “This is not a fair trial. It is a political lynching,” she said.

A lead lawyer for the case to impeach Rousseff, Senator Janaina Paschoal, asked forgiveness for causing the president “suffering,” but insisted it was the right thing to do.

Rousseff’s counsel, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, retorted that the charges were trumped up to punish the president for her support of the huge corruption investigation into the national oil company Petrobras, known as Operation Car Wash, that has snared many of Brazil’s elite.

“This is a farce,” he said in a speech, “We should ask her forgiveness if she is convicted.”

“History will treat her fairly. History will absolve Dilma Rousseff if you convict her,” he added.

Brazil Erupts in Furious Protests as Coup Approaches Final Act

Source:  TeleSUR
August 29 2016

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IN PICTURES: Explosive protests are showing that social movements don’t plan to back down from confronting the forces behind the neoliberal coup.

Brazil’s largest metropolis, Sao Paolo, became the scene of pitched battles between security forces and the country’s social movements while similar scenes played out in cities across Brazil for a second day Tuesday, in response to an imminent Senate vote on whether to remove suspended President Dilma Rousseff from office.

Paulista Avenue lit up by unrest

Sao Paolo’s central Paulista Avenue was lit up by unrest on Monday night, as flash-bang grenades and less-lethal weaponry were deployed in a violent crackdown on protesters, who responded by setting their barricades on fire and hurling rocks at military police.

“This is a sign that, when the coup is accomplished tomorrow or later, there will be a tough process of repression of social movements, including endangering our right to protest,” Brazil Popular Front leader Raimundo Bonfim told Brasil de Fato. “What they are doing is violence.”

Public welfare and educational programs at stake

At stake are the public welfare programs and educational programs created and expanded in the 13 years that the Workers’ Party or PT, has governed the country. Compounding matters is that a vote to remove the twice-elected Rousseff from office hearkens back to Brazil’s dark history of oppressive military rule. In her testimony before the Senate Monday, Rousseff herself said her impeachment would represent the “death of democracy” in Brazil.

teleSUR takes a look at the marches, barricades, and skirmish lines forming throughout Brazil as the people resist the right-wing oligarchy’s plot to destroy democracy in South America’s most populous nation.  See more photos here

Brazil Foreign Ministry Workers Launch First Indefinite Strike

Source:  TeleSUR
August 23 2016

Intransigence of interim government’s foreign minister also cited as a problem.

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Brazil’s Foreign Ministry workers protest in 2012. | Photo: Facebook / Sinditamaraty

Workers from Brazil’s Foreign Ministry entered the second day of the union’s first indefinite strike Tuesday for higher wages and to protest the intransigence of “interim” Foreign Minister Jose Serra in the face of the union’s demands.

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The strike kicked off Monday at 12:00 p.m. local time in Brasilia after over 1,300 workers of the National Union of Public Servants of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, known as Sinditamaraty, voted earlier this month to greenlight the labor stoppage, union statements indicated.

According to the Sinditamaraty, the staff will maintain a 30 percent capacity to cover what are deemed essential services, including passport issuing and consular assistance, to ensure there is not a total disruption of public services in the ministry.

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Wage talks

Wage talks have long languished after the union proposed a 27.9 percent wage hike early last year to bring salaries in line with similar positions in other public services. The union argues that even that increase wouldn’t cover wage losses since 2008, which has hit lowest-rank workers the hardest at over 30 percent losses. Workers have also raised complaints in recent months over delays in the payment of their housing allowances, the Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported.

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“Valuing the institutions means valuing the workers,” said Sinditamaraty President Suellen Paz in a statement. “The workers’ view is that the lack of political will to solve problems devalues the institution as a whole.”

Social media campaign

Workers rallied outside the Foreign Ministry building in Brasilia Tuesday, with plans to continue demonstrations on Wednesday. The union has also announced a social media campaign aimed at increasing pressure for talks on acting Foreign Minister Jose Serra, appointed by unelected “interim” President Michel Temer.

Foreign Ministry laborers outside of Brazil are also organizing actions.

The strike committee raised concern on Tuesday over reports received by the union that interns in the ministry had been “compelled” after the launch of the strike to act as scabs and cover the duties of the workers who walked off the job. In a statement, union leaders urged the ministry to respect labor laws and the parameters of the government’s internship program.

Video: Leaked recording reveals plot to oust president Rousseff

Media silence

Despite marking an historic job action for Sinditamaraty, the strike has received scant coverage in Brazilian media.

The strike comes just days before the Brazilian Senate will launch a trial Thursday against suspended President Dilma Rousseff, the final step in the impeachment process that could permanently remove her from office with a two-third Senate majority as early as next Tuesday.

OPINION:  The Future of Brazil Is Now!

Temer and Foreign Minister Jose Serra embroiled in massive corruption charges

If Rousseff is ultimately ousted, Temer and his all-male Cabinet will be installed for the rest of her term until 2018. Both Temer and Foreign Minister Jose Serra have been embroiled in massive corruption charges, accused of accepting millions of dollars in corporate kickbacks as part of the Petrobras state oil scandal.

A plea bargain deal recently revealed that Serra received over US$7 million from a slush fund of the construction company Odebrecht to finance his unsuccessful 2010 presidential campaign against Rousseff. Serra also unsuccessfully ran for president against Rousseff’s predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in 2002.

Serra has also come under fire for making promises to multinational oil corporations, according to WikiLeaks cables, saying that he could easily push for privatization of the state oil industry and change laws to open up Brazil’s significant offshore oil reserves to foreign exploration and drilling.

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