Brazilian Capital Militarized, Violent Protesters Demand President Temer’s Resignation

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 25, 2017, 3:13 pm
Brazilian president Michel Temer has faced calls to resign in the wake of a bribery investigation (
Brazilian president Michel Temer has faced calls to resign in the wake of a bribery investigation (YouTube).


The capital of Brazil dawned on Thursday with a strong military presence, especially around public buildings where 1,500 troops were deployed, after violent protests against President Michel Temer, who has been increasingly pressured by the Brazilian people to step down from power following alleged acts of corruption.

The facades of several government buildings showed signs of damage from the massive opposition protests on Wednesday, when young men, with their faces covered, broke windows, and burnt some of the furniture.

President Temer ordered military troops be deployed on the streets of Brasilia, which has caused controversy because of the sensitivity that prevails in Brazilian society due to the dictatorship that the country endured between the years of 1964 and 1985.

Due to this situation, legislator Carlos Zarattini, of the leftist Workers’ Party founded by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, said: “I do not remember seeing anything like this even in the period of the military dictatorship.”

For its part, the Temer administration argued that the measure is necessary to protect the lives of government employees who were in danger, forcing them to evacuate government buildings amidst tear gas and clashes between the security forces and the demonstrators.

Between 45,000 and 100,000 people have gathered in Brazilia, according to the authorities, who also detailed that 49 have been wounded, one of them for gunshot wound, seven people arrested, and damages incurred at eight government buildings, as well as in the Brazilian Cathedral.

President Michel Temer is in the fight of his political life, as he has been recorded approving of buying the silence of an ex-deputy who is currently in prison, while the Brazilian Congress is debating a measure to strip the president of his authority, a process that would be constitutional, as Senator Tasso Jereissati, president of the center-right party, PSDB, said.

For his part, Temer has assured that he will not resign, but in response to his statement, the Chamber of Deputies has drawn up 16 articles of impeachment.

Source: El Nuevo Herald

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

U.S. Eyes Private Sector in Central America to Play Larger Role in Crime Reduction, Growth

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 25, 2017, 2:31 pm
US and Central American leaders will focus on development and security issues at a conference next month (

Español The United States government will hold a meeting in June in Miami with the presidents of Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, and El Salvador, with the aim of making efforts to improve the security of the Latin American region as well as using the private sector to promote economic development in Central America. David Lapan, spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, told a news conference that the meeting will take place between June 14 and 16. The first day will focus on the idea of "prosperity", the basis of which was the Plan for the Prosperity Alliance of the North Triangle of Central America implemented in 2014 by the administration of former president Barack Obama in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Read More: The Economic Drive of Mara Gangs in Central America's Northern Triangle Read More: US Checkbook Diplomacy Won't Stop Migration from Central America "The idea is to identify resources, mainly from the private sector, in order to increase investment in the countries of Central America," explained Lapan, who indicated that the greater economic prosperity in Central America, the fewer people who will seek to leave their countries to seek a better life in the United States. The conference will investigate "how private funds could be made available to these countries to help their economy with a view to combating the causes of illegal immigration," he said. Lapan said that while the first day would focus on the economic sector, the second would address security in the region. According to the official, in addition to the authorities fom the countries mentioned, the participation of the directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is expected; the bank has been involved in several economic development projects throughout Central America. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The official from the Department of Homeland Security did not confirm or deny that the US government has asked Mexico for its participation, but said: "Mexico can contribute in the way that it believes is more appropriate, either through money, or through participation in programs or contribution of physical resources." Source: La Tribuna

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