Let’s protect democracy in Brazil


By Alejandro Navarro Brain*

The soft coup, is characterized by the use of mass communication, psychological, social, economic and political weapons, in order to create uncertainty, confusion and fear in people, to destabilize a government; these “weapons” are certainly cheaper than the conventional ones used in war, but not less violent and effective.

As the result of the communications degeneration given by the organized form of oligopoly systems, it also reflects the inevitable concentration of power experienced by countries, an issue to which Chile is no stranger, given the concentration of existing media.

However, it seems that these facts, do not draw attention nor affect us as Latin American community, as if we had not learnt the high value of democracy.

What does not surprise us, is to watch again and again how the tactics of the big chains of the international press are repeated. If that is the only source of information we are going directly to the edge of the cliff because the reality is that few know in detail why Dilma is being judged.

As it is precisely the press, abducted by the international political right-wing and big business groups, responsible for not allowing progress, for not fulfilling the rights of the most disadvantaged people in our America.

A Latin America disunited, dam of nationalism and chauvinism: all against all, fighting for borders, political trends, a piece of land or even for the crumbs of trade; but on the other hand, closely aligned to enter the TPP, thereby jeopardizing the sovereignty of our territory.

Attacking Dilma and weakening MERCOSUR, is to reduce the incidence of BRICS, in short, it is the classic “divide and rule” with which historically have performed the great powers.

Less shy than the democratic forces in Chile has resulted Democrat Bernie Sanders, former US presidential candidate, who in recent days has manifested strongly against this type of soft coup in Brazil.

Sanders himself four decades ago, opposed the US support to the coup in Chile and now agrees with Dilma: it is necessary to call new elections in Brazil, whatever the result of the process of impeachment.

Indeed, this week in Brasilia, a further step towards the removal of Dilma was taken, as the report of Senator Antonio Anastasia was voted favourably with 59 votes.

Celebrates Temer´s government, who in the framework of an interim and coup government, does not pay attention to the high rate of unpopularity that already has, with demonstrations against him even within the Olympic Games in Rio.

A Brazilian benchmark high weight as is the former Minister of Advocacy General of the Union, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, said that “a President of the Republic cannot be removed from office for political reasons”.

What is clear is that this is a soft coup, with the complicity of the enormous Brazilian press and the big business groups, and distracted or accomplice view from the exterior, with a shy secretary general of the OAS, Luis Almagro.

Any similarity to Chile from the 70´s is no coincidence, just ask Sanders.

First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.

* President of the Human Rights Commission of the Senate of Chile


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