This is a day late and a dollar short but prior to yesterday afternoon’s Cannes screening of Kleber Mendonca Filho‘s Aquarius, the cast (including star Sonia Braga) held up signs stating that currently suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff had been ousted from office by a coup d’etat. Last Thursday Brazil’s Senate voted to impeach Rousseff, a leftist populist, for breaking budget laws. Rousseff has said in so many words that she’s the victim of a coup, and if you research this a bit it’s apparent she’s speaking the truth.
Noam Chomsky as quoted by Democracy Now: “As even The New York Times pointed out, Dilma Rousseff is maybe the one leading [Brazilian] politician who hasn’t stolen in order to benefit herself. She’s being charged with manipulations in the budget, which are pretty standard in many countries, taking from one pocket and putting it into another. Maybe it’s a misdeed of some kind, but certainly doesn’t justify impeachment. In fact, we have the one leading politician who hasn’t stolen to enrich herself, who’s being impeached by a gang of thieves, who have done so. That does count as a kind of soft coup. I think that’s correct.”