GJEP will be providing more information on the relationship of the GMO soy industry to this disturbing event in a future post. – The Climate Connections team
DOWN WITH THE COUP!
From the Brazilian Workers’ Party, June 23, 2012
We support the people of Paraguay
The Paraguayan Senate [on June 22] completed a coup d’etat in deposing the elected president, Fernando Lugo, during a 32-hour farce of a “constitutional trial.”
Only nine months away from the next elections, the formal accusations against Lugo — allowing demonstrations by the army’s youth, subjecting the military to the “carperos” (landless workers), doing little to fight armed groups in the countryside and, as well, “bad performance” — confirm the social content of his ouster. In fact, the episode that led to the deaths of 11 “carperos” and six policemen was only a pretext.
It was rather a coup by the landowning oligarchy with support from U.S. imperialism. It was right that the Brazilian government, as well as the Workers’ Party (PT) and the Confederation of Workers (CUT), denounced the coup.
Yesterday, a few hours after the coup, the spokesman for the U.S. State Department declared, “The United States recognizes the senate vote for ‘impeachment’” and cynically asked the people to remain “calm.” The Paraguayan bishops even demanded Lugo’s resignation!
Despite the arrival of a dozen chancellors from the UNASUR countries (Union of South American Nations), led by the Brazilian “patriot” minister, to “mediate the conflict,” the United States recognized Federico Franco, the vice president of the Liberal Party. Franco, elected by the same electoral alliance as Lugo (which defeated the Colorado Party that had governed the country for decades), is now the instrument of both parties, which united to carry out the coup.