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The struggles that turn around the Brazilian crisis | openDemocracy

26.1.16

The struggles that turn around the Brazilian crisis | openDemocracy: In Sao Paulo, the protests promoted by the MPL are hitting the gates of Mayor Fernando Haddad and Governor Gerardo Alckmin. Haddad belongs to the Workers Party (PT), the party currently in charge of the federal government. Alckmin belongs to the Party of Brazilian Social Democracy (PSBD), the main opposition party. But when it comes to supporting the transfer of the costs of the crisis to the population, both the government and the opposition, the left and the right, agree to ensure austerity. This is yet another evidence of the bias of polarization between the traditional parties, a constant feature in Brazil since the 90s. At the last elections, Dilma Rousseff (PT) put the economy first and founded her campaign on the promise not to undertake a neoliberal structural adjustment, as opposed to what her opponents would surely do if elected. The immediate result was disappointment in her own ranks, especially in the euphoric election victory time spell that could have been turned to her advantage. More worryingly, many voters got the impression that the president had been lying. The lack of innovative figures and alternative political forces adds the final touch to the inventory of ingredients for a permanent crisis.


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