“I have been charged with taking bribes without ever having received a cent… I’ve never seen any of that money and I have never taken part in planning to commit any crimes.”
President Michel Temer was formally charged by Brazil’s top federal prosecutor claiming “he fooled Brazil’s citizens”, deepening his political woes.
Brazil’s labour force which was already hurting due to recession was dealt a severe blow by its own government’s participation in flexibilisation of labour laws in order to further reduce labour costs.
If successful, the protest would mark Brazil’s first general strike in more than two decades and could be the biggest ever strike in the history of Brazil.
Justice Zavascki’s death is being seen as a conspiracy to stall the probe into a multi-billion dollar scandal that is haunting Brazil’s political and business elite.
With the leftist Workers Party’s rule coming to an end, the South American giant will now become a neo-liberal playground for Big Money. It may also become the weakest link in BRICS as it shows signs of giving up its independent foreign policy.
Lula, who is likely to contest the 2018 presidential election in Brazil, is under investigation for corruption related to the Petrobas scandal.