“Fora temer” is the brazilian version of “not my president”!
But in our case, we demand the current president “Michel Temer” to leave the presidency he assumed after our righteous president “Dilma Rousseff” was impeached in a very sketchy action of the ones who weren’t profiting “enough” from her government, and also from the ones who saw their business threatened by her. You know, Michel Temer was her vice president at the time.
It was all ridiculously manipulated, but it got a lot of Brazilians fighting between who supported Dilma and who supported the impeachment. The one’s supporting the impeachment were told the lie that all economical, and sociological problems were due Dilma’s (and her party) bad management. So since “everything wrong with Brazil” was supposedly Dilma’s fault, putting a different party in her place - even tho she won the election against the same party not two years before - would mean that “Brazil were fighting the corruption”;
… but the alternative party has an even bigger history in corruption than Dilma’s. So in the epitome of stupidity, people were repeating to others without thinking about “how they were fed up with Dilma’s party” and “how they were saving Brazilian from corrupt politicians”…
this is just an inch deep in the dirt just so you know.
the translation would be “GET OUT TEMER!”, which would mean “CAI FORA (get out) TEMER”, but is a common thing in Brazilian Portuguese to “eat” words because we naturally assume the previous verb tense, so you’ll see “FORA (out) TEMER”.
I’m afraid “out temer” wouldn’t make sense in English, and if it did, it may confuse some with the act of “outing” someone.
BRAZIL. Rio de Janeiro. March 15, 2017. A young man skateboards move in front of a fire set by protesters following a demonstration against proposed federal government reforms. Critics say the changes would reduce job security for Brazilian workers and the pension proposal would force many people to work longer to qualify for pensions and reduce retirement benefits for many.
my country: *falling apart* *pretty close to complete political and economic ruin*
me: *in absolute denial* should i make apple or banana cake tomorrow…? bruno sigrist needs to be in another show bc his old one is so bad it’s literally taking all of my will power to watch it…. where should i hang my new hogwarts poster….i think saturday i’ll crash at tony’s…
mom: marcia, come here and watch tv with us! history is being made!
me: lol, idk what you’re talking about, everything is normal, we are not a step away from a second impeachment in less than 18 months. anyway, julie e os fantasmas is a curse upon this earth
So, this is gonna be me trying to put A LOT of stuff into very few words. Written at 26/05/2017.
Alright. You know how the whole world is kinda feeling like its situation can’t possibly get any more scandalous at this point? it’s what we felt about two weeks ago, too. I mean, between our ex-president being on a crusade against the justice system and the media and all the unpopular measures taken by our politicians lately, including reforming the labor laws and social security to make them shittier, and a new small corruption scandal every week, y’know, you figure it can’t get much worse than that.
And then it happened. It was a beautiful Wednesday (or was it Thursday?) night. All was its usual mess. And then a businessman came forward like, “ops I recorded the president negotiating to bribe someone who’s in jail to keep quiet and the other presidential candidate negotiating on how to get his usual 2 million in bribes discreetly lol did I mention he might have mentioned the possibility of killing someone?” BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM.
If you screamed right now, imagine how much we did. There were so many memes. So many. The jokes, the glorious jokes. I hadn’t have that much political fun in ages. But you’re probably still confused (we are, too), so imma explain it a little better.
Businessman Joesley, owner of the biggest meat company in the world, was caught in corruption schemes. Who wasn’t, right? so, like it happens in Brazil, he started negotiating his sentence by giving other people away. And he sure as fuck named a lot of people, like anyone else, but this guy did something that other people hadn’t yet: he recorded it. You’d think more people would’ve been this smart just in case, I guess, but so far, nah. And obviously the most polemic recording is of a conversation our now President Michel Temer had with him, negotiating bribes to Eduardo Cunha. If you’ve read my older posts, you’ll know his name. He’s the main dude behind Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment (if you have no idea of absolutely nothing i’ve just said, dude, go back to the other posts, this is quite saga already). Did I mention he’s in jail??? yeah. Arrested for money laundering sometime ago or something (one cannot remember all the scandals in brazil for more than 2 months since there ARE SO MANY NEW ONES ALL THE TIME). Still, he did swear he’d bring two presidents down, and now it seems the time has come, one way or another (we’re so dramatic, omg, this is gonna make for excellent movies someday, we’re already out-houseofcarding house of cards).
BACK TO IT. So. The president is on tape negotiating quite a crime. In most countries that’d lead to the guy resigning. And we thought he would, too, actually. This dude scheduled a press conf. and we were all on the edge of our seats waiting to see the second president down in less than a year. But guess what? dude goes “I’m not resigning”, gives pissed off speech, alleges everything is a fake and says if we want him down we’ll have to bring him down. He also kinda tries to forbid people from using his pictures in memes, which leads to opposition party creating a whole gallery online of pictures they bought of him for people to do their memes safely. I ain’t joking. The most brazilian think to ever happen, probably.
Meanwhile, remember I said there was a second recording? Yeah, it was from Aecio Neves, and you might remember him too: he ran for president against Rousseff at the last elections, and he was the main activist for her impeachment after he lost the elections, all “against corruption” and shit. Lol. Dude was literally negotiating how to get his money, cursing a lot, and saying they’d need to find good people to do this money transporting thing, it had to be someone, and I quote, “that we can kill before they can make deals with the police”. And then he proceeds on suggesting his cousin’s name. Talk of family issues, right? Anyway. It came as no surprise for us with half a brain that both these man were corrupt because honestly there had been people saying that before, but nobody had them on tape yet. Aecio’s sister has been arrested, he has kinda stepped down from his senate position and his apartments are being raid by the police, let’s see where this leads.
Back to Temer, remember when he told people we’d need to take him down if we wanted him down? Yeah, people took that quite literally and a couple of days ago in the middle of a protest some SET FIRE to a few ministry buildings. Nothing much happened to anyone there tho. But Temer took that as a good opportunity to give especial authorization to the Army to be on the streets and do whatever was needed which was pretty fucking scary since we haven’t been out of a dictatorship for thaaaat long??? but the order has been revoked by now so we’re ok. For now. I guess. Who knows.
So the question now is how long can Temer hold himself in power. If he does fall, which is complicated, since he’d likely have to resign (there are already a few impeachment processes opened against him, but since they depend on the ok from chamber president, who still supports him, it’s unlikely to work, and it’d take months anyway), but if he did fall, we’d get either president of the chamber of deputies in power or president of the supreme court in power (cause president of the senate can’t, since he’s a defendant in a corruption investigation) - and I said “OR” there because there’s a chance president of the chamber also becomes a defendant in corruption charges through the next months so we can’t really be sure on how the succession line will be in the future. Yeah, that’s how screwed we are. Anyway, if any of them get to power they are bound to organizing new indirect elections, by the constitution, since it’s past half the term and we’d only need someone to basically finish this year and the next one when there are elections again, hopefully. However, with congress as it is, with most people there charged with something, you’d think brazilians are…. less than happy with the idea of our congressmen choosing their own fucking president. And you’re right. Most of us are. Which is why there is a campaign to make a change and try for direct, real, voting elections (and to get Temer out, obviously).
It’s worth noticing that a lot of powerful people are still behind Temer, though, especially big businessman and the media, because of his austerity measures and probable cuts on labor laws, and also, because a lot of them are scared shitless of we actually getting a direct election and Lula winning. Yes, our ex-president, yes, the one in trouble with the law that I mentioned early. Aaand I would like to have covered him and our asshole hygienist new são paulo mayor whose biggest ability so far seems to be shitty decisions here, BUT this post is long enough as it is, so if y’all wanna know about them ask away and I’ll cover it in another post. For now, just remember: it can always get worse if you’re brazilian :)
intervention wouldn’t be as bad as you think. they don’t arrest you if you don’t get into trouble, don’t raise any flags, don’t say anything that goes against what they want for the country, and don’t gather up on the streets if they say it’s illegal“
Brazil general strike: Behind the media silence - The Listening Post (Lead)
“The gulf in coverage is vast. The protests calling for impeachment against the Dilma government had huge visibility, with Globo’s helicopter capturing the protest from the air and covering it all day long. With protests against Michel Temer, this doesn’t exist,” says journalist João Filho of The Intercept Brasil.
“When it came to the general strike the word ‘strike’ was avoided - they talk only about demonstrations, protests and vandalism,” Filho says.
So why did the media treat the two strikes differently?
And the media is only the tip of the iceberg:
We are one step towards having another president impeached (Michel Temer) in less than a year;
Corruption is almost palpable – it’s shameless to be honest. The amount of politicians being investigated right now is absurd;
We had the Olympics here, which the country was not prepared for, and it brought consequences to the economy and the environment. Today, there are buildings that were built last year which are rotting away and only helping to spread diseases;
The year started with massacres inside prisons in some parts of the country – long story short, we don’t know what’s the situation over those places, the government says it’s all under control even though a complete meltdown of our prison system shouldn’t be happening in the first place;
Espírito Santo had no police force for more than a week. You can only imagine the damage;
The president wants to hire people (who are being investigated in Lava Jato) to the Supreme Court just so that they can’t be investigated by regular police. It’s an ongoing battle for this to be approved. (And knowing our history…);
New High School Program gets approved by the congress.
Now, you won’t need to have graduated in the subject you’re applying to be a teacher for, you just have to know the subject.
Basically, Portuguese and Maths become mandatory and the rest, which was mandatory as well, such as History, Philosophy, Geography, Chemistry,… become optional;
Our social security is about to get reformed – search ‘Reforma da Previdência’ and you’ll see the problems with it. One thing I’d like to point out is the fact that they want to affect only the people and forget about politicians’ salary and its ramifications. Oh yeah, because here politicians get all types of benefits I’m not going to get in details now. Anyway, that’s why hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets and millions more stayed home in a general strike last week.
These are just examples. I did not even mention our economic situation. What I wanted to show you all is that our country has been suffering for a long time. Even though we do have positive aspects of Brazil to talk about, the situation here is bad.
Brazilians around the country staged demonstrations Sunday calling for their president to step down after the supreme court opened an investigation into allegations he endorsed the payment of hush money to a jailed former lawmaker.
The accusations against President Michel Temer have plunged Latin America’s largest nation into crisis yet again, sending its currency and stocks plummeting and stalling a series of reforms designed to pull the economy out of a protracted recession. It’s been just a year since Temer took over as president following the impeachment and removal of his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff.
Now, the calls are growing for Temer himself to be impeached or resign. The latest to join that chorus was Brazil’s bar association, which voted late Saturday to submit a request for Temer’s impeachment to Congress.
Several thousand anti-government protesters clashed violently with police in the Brazilian capital on Wednesday, smashed windows of several ministry buildings and set tires on fire near Congress, sending black billowing smoke into the air.
The march was called by leftist parties, unions and other groups demanding the resignation of scandal-hit President Michel Temer and that his austerity measures before lawmakers, which would weaken labor laws and tighten pensions, be shelved.
Temer last week refused to resign in the face of new corruption allegations against him and his closest aides, putting his government and its reform agenda on the brink of collapse.
Unions and leftist parties opposed to Temer’s labor and pension reforms called the Occupy Brasilia protests to press for his removal.
The large crowd gathered peacefully near Brasilia’s national soccer stadium around midday.
As they marched toward Congress, police unleashed tear gas and stun grenades, and television images showed them clubbing some demonstrators with truncheons. Ambulances arrived on the scene to treat an unknown number of injured.
Some protesters responded by smashing the windows of ministries and lighting a fire on the ground floor of the Agriculture Ministry building. Masked demonstrators spray-painted several of the buildings with anti-Temer graffiti.
Riot police set up cordons around the modernistic Congress building where lawmakers met to discuss a post-Temer transition should the president resign or be ousted by one of Brazil’s top courts. If that happens, Congress would have 30 days to pick a successor to lead Brazil until elections late next year.