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Carlos Neder | Where Are Our Missing 30 km?

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Yesterday’s demonstration against waste, fraud and abuse in the local mass transit system attracted a crowd of about 3,000, according to reports. Not exacly Woodstock or Tiananmen Square, but arrests were made by military police.

Meanwhile, Alckmin’s garbled attempts to seize  the moral high ground were roundly ridiculed by a nucleus of “progressive” columnists, such as Leandro Fortes of Carta Capital magazine, who analyzes the media strategy used to take the focus off the PSDB-SP:

 In my view, the only explanation for such an indecent and pathetic strategy as this — the suspect of being corrupt suing his suspected corruptor, who is collaborating with law enforcement — is the full confidence the PSDB leadership has in the submission and complicity of the moldy old national news media. There is no other explanation for it.

Alckmin has announced he will convene an  “impartal” consultative council parallel to the official probe.

… News that Alckmin, one of the principal suspects of having instituted and benefited from a bribery scheme involving Siemens, will sue the German firm were presented with a straight face — as if this were possible, as if all of us were idiots linked to the tubes of the Matrix.

It may be a little early to identify Alckmin as a “prime suspect,” given that the case remains mostly confidential — it suffers from a certain leakiness.  The case may eventually yield a result similar to the “payola of the PT,” in which the chief executive was spared while close aides took the heat. 

Source: Carlos Neder | Viomundo

Neder is a state assembly member for the PT | Workers Party

At a moment in which popular participation has proven decisive in demanding the improvement in public services all over Brazil, we should salute, once again, the Free Pass Movement (MPL) and the role of youth in politics.

Together with other groups, such as the Railway Workers Union, the MPL took to the streets against to protest the diversion of public funds, and especially the accusations regarding competitive bidding for work and equipment performed for the Metrô and commuter rail system (CPTM).

According to our calculations, the sum redirected would be enough to guarantee an annual expansion of the subway system of 30 kilometers and create an additional 400,000  daily riders.

Rather than avoiding the topic, which is a serious matter and must be duly investigated, Governor Alckmin should instruct his allied base in the state assembly to install a parliamentary commission of inquiry (CPI) to look into the case.

The PT has already petitioned for such a CPI, but it has met with resistance in the attempt to garner the necessary number of votes.

The PT is almost never successful in mounting a CPI because the PSDB and its base have a solid majority at the state and municipal levels.

Contary to official allegations, which complain that the CPI would be used against the PSDB for political purposes, what we seek is a joint state-federal effort that includes the legislatures, the Public Ministries (prosecutors) and the media in the interest of a rigorous assessment of the facts.

The facts in the case are serious. They involve companies and public officials who should be investigated and punished with due rigor for their acts.

In order to institute a CPI and analyze the contracts objectively and independently, the mass support of society is needed. Obviously, without this support,  we will get nowhere.

For this reason I am calling for the holding of public protests to demand the investigation of these cases by those with the right to do so.

The State of  São Paulo is strongly tied to these illicit acts and the assembly cannot pretend that the case has nothing to do with it. Even the state accounting tribunal is involved!

The gravity of the situation is such that the federal Chamber of Deputies is considering a CPI with the same objectives.

The initiative, led by deputy Paulo Teixeira, deserves attention, because what took place in the São Paulo metrô should  be treated as an example for combating corruption everywhere in Brazil.

The times are changing and the public official who refuses to listen to the voices from the streets, even as he poses as the good guy, will be harshly judged by citizens.