WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BRAZIL
(by Flávio B.Prieto and Alzira Lopes)
From time to time, it is important to give a different insight on how Brazilian people cope with their internal problems and what they actually consist of, as the transformation of national mass media in a kind of political opposition party makes their coverage totally blurry and unreliable. What is really happening in Brazil in terms of politics, economics and social perception? We will try to address such question in this short article.
Brazilian politics experiments a confusing dilemma: although most people say they do not trust politicians and parties, they do vote for whoever and whichever party they see as more identified with their own perceptions. The percentage of non-valid and null votes in Brazil usually ranges from 5 to 10%. And, after the elections, they tend to keep the same position they had before, no matter who wins, which makes the ideological fight go on.
Right-wing opposition has lost four elections in a row and this exasperates them because they think and act as if they had a natural right to power, which is incompatible with such situation. So, they have decided to become more and more combative. They did start combating in several fronts: from saying they’d not accept the numbers of the election to launching several legal and administrative claims against president Dilma winning party.
Since October 2014, when Dilma was reelected, opposition and its associated media have been agitating the political scene with varied strategies like trying to induce inflation by magnifying economic world crisis internal effects, issuing hard talks on corruption while hiding opposition parties’ misdeeds, blocking Congress voting and forcing a shady public accounts body (TCU) to reject Dilma’s government budget accounts under fabricated reasons.
Next, they started talking about impeachment – which is been discussed right now in a special Congress commission. As Dilma and PT have succeeded in earning the support of smaller parties to block this process in the next stages, opposition found an alternative move in the electoral court (TSE) – which has approved Dilma’s campaign in December 2014 – by filing a claim that PT campaign accounts must be reassessed and rejected now.
Economy has been showing signs of starting a slow recovery – which makes mass media to reignite the drumming on inflation. Radio, TV, Internet, newspapers and magazines are placed at the service of government’s opposition, in the permanent quest to convince the undecided to reject PT, Dilma and Lula. This strategy may not to be working, as Dilma’s popularity seems to be recovering and Lula was recently shown in an opinion poll as holding real possibilities to become our next president, if he competes.
Massive demonstrations in favor of Dilma, Lula and PT are also taking place all over the country, with the attendance and support of important artists and intellectuals, which shows they are far from being rejected as the traditional five-families’ media tries to depict them.