By: Dario Pignotti / Source: Pagina12 / Photo Credit: Reuters / The Dawn News / November 28, 2016
“Long live Fidel”, thousands of protesters cried out in Sao Paulo, during one of the largest mobilizations convened to demand Temer’s resignation. The coupist President is unable to manage a crisis that could threaten his continuity in the position.
After a minute of silence in memory of Fidel Castro, who Lula Da Silva referred to as his “older brother”, the crowd gathered outside the Art Museum of Sao Paulo (MASP), which known for having one of the richest collections in works of contemporary painters and for being the preferred meeting point of the resistance against Temer. On the other side, the red-painted MASP is the political counterpoint of the Federation of Industries of Sao Paulo (FIESP), which operates just a few blocks away.
The headquarters of employers’ organization FIESP, which publicly supported (and secretly financed?) the campaign to overthrow Dilma Rousseff, is the place where rallies organized by neoconservative groups, such as the Free Brazil Movement (MBL) or “Come out to the Streets”, usually take place.
According to independent media estimations, around 40 thousand people marched through the Paulista Av. with slogans such as “Out With Temer”, “Always struggle, Never Temer” (a double-entendre based on the fact that “temer” means “to fear” in Portuguese) , and “No to the PEC No. 55” (project bill for the constitutional amendment).
Although there are no precise numbers, it appears that yesterday’s act was four times as big as the rally held the previous Sunday by the Free Brazil Movement and other pro-Temer groups. At that rally, around 10,000 people gathered to claim for Lula’s arrest, the end of “communism” and to demand police repression against the students who have occupied dozens of secondary schools and universities against the PEC No. 55–a Constitutional reform which freezes public expenditure for 20 years.
In recent months, the democratic resistance seems to have regained control over Paulista Av., which had been taken by hundreds of thousands of “neocon” rebels since the beginning of 2015 when the civic-media-judicial uprising, concluded with the outsing of Dilma.
Guilherme Boulous, leader of the Homeless Workers’ Movement (MTST) explained that “President José Mujica and President Lula were unable to attend the event”, after their participation had been announced.
Last week, Lula met with the leader of the MTST and supported the mobilizations that are being held against the de facto government and the reesistance against the PEC 55 which is going to be voted upon by the Senate next Tuesday. After remembering his 36-year-long friendship with Castro yesterday, Lula posted a video on social networks where he is seen wearing a straw hat while painting “Viva Fidel” [Long Live Fidel] on a wall.