Brazil’s Culture Workers try to Prevent the Ministry From Being Shut Down

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Last Monday (16) afternoon, workers of the Ministry of Culture and citizens that support its existence occupied the Palace of Capanema, in Rio de Janeiro, where the Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage  (IPHAN) and the National Fund of the Arts (FUNART) are located.

The shutting down of the Ministry of Culture was one of the first decisions announced by Vice President Michel Temer after being named interim President of the Republic of Brazil last Thursday May 12, when the Senate approved the iniciation of Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment.

Another act was held in Sao Paulo last Thursday (19) afternoon, under the slogan “Together Against the Coup and for Democracy”. In this act, musicians played a song by Carl Orff, as hundreds of protesters sang the new lyrics they had invented for the occasion: “Fora Temer!” (“Out with Temer!”).

Brazilian artist Caetano Veloso announced that he will perform at the occupied Palace of Capanema to express his support. Artists Erasmo Carlos, Otto and Lenine are also rumored to do the same.

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