tiptrot.com
tiptrot.com June 28, 2017


Michel Temer rescinds controversial troop deployment

27 May 2017, 02:09 | Cedric Leonard

Troops deployed after Brazilian protesters smash Govt buildings

Brazil’s president ordered federal troops to restore order in the country’s capital following the evacuation of some ministries during clas

The government of President Michel Temer briefly deployed federal troops to restore order after demonstrators calling for his ouster clashed with security forces.

Demonstrators set fire to the Agriculture Ministry during a protest against President Michel Temer and the latest corruption scandal to hit the country, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 24, 2017.

After having been harshly criticized for authorizing 1,500 soldiers to take to the capital's streets, Temer revoked the order after an emergency meeting at the Planalto Palace.

Though Deutsche Welle notes the deployment of about 1,500 troops had been originally meant to last a week, he revoked the order by midday Thursday, citing a "halt to acts of destruction and violence and the subsequent reestablishment of law and order".

It was the most violent protest in Brasilia since anti-government demonstrations in 2013 and fueled a political crisis sparked by allegations Temer condoned paying off a potential witness in a massive corruption probe. No one was caught by the fire, as the building had been evacuated earlier in the day, but 49 got injured in the confrontations. If the court rules that it did, Temer may be stripped of the presidency.

Temer faces accusations of corruption and obstruction of justice. Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said the army will leave the streets considering that the order has returned to the city now. But he has been reeling since the release of a secret recording that appears to reveal him endorsing the payment of hush money to an imprisoned former political ally. However, he said Temer would be consulted in the case he is pushed out and there is an election.


After the government said it had implemented the measure on the request of the president of the Lower Chamber, Rodrigo Maia, he said he had in fact requested the National Force to intervene, a mixed military troop frequently used in urban operations, not the Army. His office said Temer turned to the military after police were overwhelmed. The PSDB's own leading member and presidential candidate, who placed a close second to Rousseff in the 2014 presidential election, has been stripped of his Senate seat and ordered to surrender his passport as prosecutors prepare to order his jailing over related corruption charges.

Associated Press photographer Eraldo Peres reported this story in Brasilia and AP writer Mauricio Savarese reported from Rio de Janeiro.

Late Wednesday, Temer's office issued a statement saying the move was necessary after violence had put the lives and safety of public servants at risk.

The country's leading financial journal Valor Thursday published an interview with leading economist Yoshiaki Nakano, dean of the Sao Paulo School of Economy at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, in which he argued that Temer's "resignation is the most favorable scenario for the economy". In the wake of the announcement on the use of the military, senior officials began distancing themselves from the decision.

The PSDB leader, who asked for anonymity because his party has not yet chose to break with Temer, said Cardoso, who led Brazil from 1995 to 2003, could be a "sensational" option.

While thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to demand the ousting of the president, two allied political parties removed their support for the government and Brazil's lawyers' association voted to impeach him.



Other News

Trending Now

Military solution to North Korea would be 'tragic on unbelievable scale': Mattis
It's not yet clear how this change will affect the size and scope of US troop deployments to Iraq and Syria. Mattis and Dunford said ISIS has lost 55 percent of its territory, none of which it has regained.

Hunter on GOP Body Slam: Not Appropriate Unless Reporter Deserved It
Three Montana newspapers overnight pulled their endorsement of the GOP's millionaire candidate. The 45-second recording does not contain a request from Gianforte that Jacobs lower his phone.

UK police: 'A number of fatalities' at Grande concert
Another Twitter user called Erin:P urged people to help him find his sister: "She's wearing a pink sweatshirt and blue jeans". Police says there are "a number of fatalities" after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England.

Mother Claims a Sunscreen Gave Her Daughter Second-Degree Burns
UVB is associated with skin cancer and sunburn while UVA is known to have more effects on skin wrinkling, leathering and sagging. Government agencies determined that companies producing sunscreens do not provide their clients with the expected results.

Former CIA head to answer questions about Russian meddling
Brennan was testifying Tuesday before the House intelligence committee about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. His attorney said he anxious that if he handed over the requested documents, some of that could be used to prosecute him .

Magic hire Weltman to head basketball operations
Orlando fired general manager Rob Hennigan on April 13 after the team missed the postseason in all five years he was at the helm. The Magic have the sixth overall pick in this June's National Basketball Association draft after finishing 29-53.

Abbas adviser says Trump visit could reopen path to talks
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said Trump's remarks were "aimed at besmirching the reputation of the Palestinian resistance". The Western Wall sits in Jerusalem's Old City, which was captured by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Colorado man to be freed early now in immigration custody
Lima-Marin's attorney Kimberly Diego says Lima-Marin came to the USA from Cuba at the age of 2 during the 1980 Mariel boatlift. John Hickenlooper to grant Lima-Marin clemency. "We can't imagine the emotional roller coast this family has endured".

Trump Told Russians Firing 'Nut Job' Comey Relieved Pressure on Him
The week in a seemingly endless onslaught of news about chaos coming from within the White House shows no signs of slowing down. The report cites two unnamed sources, one of whom read from a summary of Trump's meeting with the diplomats in the Oval Office.

Saudi oil minister confident in extension of production cuts
Non-OPEC nations Oman and Mexico also confirmed their support for prolonging the curbs through the first quarter of 2018. Additional countries may join the supply cuts, but the overall agreement won't be substantially changed, Al-Falih said.