São Paulo — BBC Brasil previews the anti-government demonstrations planned for March 15, and attempts to “follow the money” using ,a rudimentary
Meanwhile the small, ultra-leftist PCO, presents reasons to suspect stealth corporate sponsorship of the march, revolving around a charitable foundation with ties to Lehmann Brothers. The interlocking directorates of the Brazilian third sector can be as byzantine as … Byzantium.
And hardly any nongovernmental entities practice decent governance. An annual report to download? Is that too much to ask?
At any rate, the chair recognizes the Communists at this juncture.
The demonstration for the impeachment of the president is financed by some of the richest men in Brazil.
On the social networks, an organized demonstration by the coup-plotting right is being organized for March 15.
The demonstrations, convening in various cities, seem to be nonpartisan. They are supposed to represent a spontaneous outpouring of popular discontent with the policies and actions of the government, and hope for the way forward.
The groups will call for the impeachment of President Dilma.
It is important, however, to be very clear what type of person is calling for this protest, and who will be out on the streets that day.
First of all, of course, is the capitalist press. This monopoly of the Brazilian right, which condemns without evidence and has called insistently for a campaign against corruption, of the same type that preceded the coups of 1954 and 1964.
The same press that provides a platform for this discourse itself evades taxes and owes millions in debts to the government, a fact that does not prevent them from receiving rubber-stamp renewals of broadcast concessions.
Such is the case with the Globo conglomerate, whose family includes two of the richest men in Brazil and whose journalists show up in Wikileak document sitting down with agents of imperialism, covered as journalists, in order to plant news in keeping with the interests of the gringos.
These were journalists who had already repudiated the left and its popular mobilizations, but worked hard to put demonstrators on the street to support its positions, as the Marinho brothers intend to now, on March 15. Not to mention other commentators, analysts and bloggers of the so-called PIG (Party of the Coup-Plotting Press, roughly) who go so far as to say for example, that former President Lula has to be “done away with — has to be” liquidated,” as São Paulo publicist Enio Mainardi said.
In second place come the right-wing forces, with a special place reserved for the PSDB, whose president and former presidential candidate has already declared the demonstration legitimate, and whose senator, José Serra, personally attended a “Down with Dilma” action in São Paulo, in January. …
The retired officers of the Clube Militar, who commemorate the “Revolution of 1964” and mean to organize a campaign for “National Morality,” on March 19, anniversary of the Marcha da Família com Deus e Pela Liberdade, that preceded the coup of March 31 of that year.
All of these message echo across the Internet and are most active on the social networks, with ample finance [and marketing] for their Net productions, they seek to be perceived as a spontaneous movement that has grown from the grass roots.
Who Finances the Revolted?
It is hard to identify and confirm who finances these groups, such as Revoltados On Line. A close examination of the ““Vem pra Rua” movement, which is organizing these protests, suggests it is financed by some of the richest men in Brazil.
According to the Blog Lemos Ideias, these include: Jorge Paulo Lemann, Carlos Alberto Sicupira, Marcel Herrmann Telles,. They are said to finance the movement through the Lehmann-sponsored Fundação Estudar.
Disentangling Internet infrastructure created for the campaign seems difficult … Vem Pra Rua, for example, was questioned about its support for the PSDB while enjoying the tax breaks afforded ONGs and OSCIPS (NGOs).
Three of the richest men in Brazil, senior executives of various companies — the most familiar being Ambev. Among the others rich patrons are, naturally, the Marinho family, and bankers like Joseph Safra and others.
In the final analysis, even if this movement wins over sectors of the middle class to its side, these august gentlemen will be there in the streets on March 15, if not in person then in spirit.
This is an openly right-wing demonstration that openly intends to remove the elected government in the name of interests that do not correspond to those of the majority of Brazilians– a population that may find itself confused by confusing events but that as soon as they are clarified, tend to the side of a fight to the finish with a right that attacks their civil rights and living conditions, as we have seen here in Paraná, during the strikes and protests against the government of Beto Richa do PSDB.
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