TODAY marks two years since Dilma Rousseff’s removal as the president of Brazil, when 61 senators trampled upon the political will expressed at the ballot box by the 54 million Brazilians who had elected her.
Since then, the illegitimate Michel Temer-led government has shown its true colours with hardline austerity policies.
Despite having no mandate, the government has reversed social programmes that took 40 million people out of poverty.
Its policies have plunged the economy into deeper crisis, damaged public services, and hurt the living standards of millions.
This has been accompanied by the ongoing persecution of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and an increase in violence and repression against trade unions, social movements and other progressive forces.
It is perhaps not surprising therefore that Temer’s approval ratings are in single figures.
We stand with the millions of Brazilians resisting these ongoing attacks on democracy and social progress.
Colin Burgon, honorary president, Labour Friends of Progressive Latin America
Chris Williamson, Labour MP for Derby North
Tariq Ali, writer and historian
Benjamin Zephaniah, poet
Victoria Brittain, journalist and writer
Andy de la Tour, actor and writer
Rt Hon Baroness Jean Corston, Labour
Neil Findlay, Labour MSP for Lothian
Lord Nicholas Rea, Labour
Tony Burke, assistant general secretary, Unite the Union
Steve Turner, assistant general secretary, Unite the Union
Kiri Tunks, president, National Education Union (NUT Section)
Doug Nicholls, general secretary, General Federation of Trade Unions
Manuel Cortes, general secretary, TSSA
Ronnie Draper, general secretary, BFAWU
Moz Greenshields, Trade Union Councils’ Joint Consultative Committee
Sean McGovern, TUC general council, Disabled workers’ representative
Barbara White, Musicians Union executive Committee
Terry Hoad, former president, UCU
Steve Jones, national executive, CWU
Peter Purton, historian and former TUC LGBT officer
Zita Holbourne, national chair, Barac UK
Lindsey German, convener, Stop the War Coalition
Sue Branford, editor, Latin America Bureau
Ken Livingstone, former mayor of London
John Haylett, political editor, Morning Star
Bob Oram, chair, Peoples Press Printing Society
Dr Michael Derham, senior lecturer, Northumbria University
Dr Francisco Dominguez, head of Latin American Studies, Middlesex University
Prof John Gledhill, emeritus professor, University of Manchester
Dr Peter Hallward, Kingston University
Dr Hazel Marsh, senior lecturer, University of East Anglia
Dr Marina Prentoulis, University of East Anglia
Prof David Raby, emeritus professor, University of Liverpool
Prof Jonathan Rosenhead, emeritus professor, LSE
Rachel Garnham, Labour NEC member
Peter Willsman, CLDP and Labour NEC member
Georgia Platman, former teleSUR journalist
Jane Shallice, writer and activist
Judith Amanthis, writer and author
Jeni Vine, filmmaker
Maggie Bowden, general secretary, Liberation (formerly the Movement for Colonial Freedom)
Susan Grey, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign
Louise Richards, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group
Rob Miller, director, Cuba Solidarity Campaign
Luke Daniels, president, Caribbean Labour Solidarity
Pablo Navarrete, Alborada
Matt Willgress, editor, No Coup in Brazil
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