The coup d’état in 2016 which overthrew Dilma Rouseff of the Workers’ Party of Brazil, marked a new period in Brazil characterized by the attack on democracy. The illegal maneuvering to eliminate popular leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from the 2018 elections and effectively solidify the election of far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro was another step in this process.
Under the leadership of Bolsonaro, Brazilian state institutions and programs have been systematically dismantled, funding for public education and health has been cut, and tensions within Brazilian society have been heightened.
In this context, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the existing political crisis in Brazil to a new level. Over 30 requests for impeachment have been filed against Bolsonaro and on the other end of the spectrum, far-right supporters of Bolsonaro have held mobilizations demanding military intervention.
We continue our conversation with Jessy Dayane a militant of Levante Popular da Juventude (Popular Youth Uprising), ex-vice president of the National Union of Students and part of the People’s Brazil Front to learn more about what the perspectives are on the possible impeachment of Bolsonaro and what is behind this crisis.