Opinion

A real coup is brewing in Brazil

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Dilma Rousseff’s 2016 impeachment was not the real coup. Photo: Antonio Cruz/ABr

When Dilma Rousseff kicked off her chaotic second term in 2015, leftist Brazilians began to talk about a coup. Supposedly, the coup was orchestrated by the right wing to remove her from office with the goal of implementing a radical austerity agenda. Of course, Rousseff’s impeachment process remains full of objectionable details: from the fact that the very congressmen who judged her unfit for office are, for the most part, battling their own corruption accusations, to the fact that one week after Temer took office, one of his closest allies was caught on tape defending a “pact” to “stop...

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