World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 03 Apr, 2021 04:15 am

Brazilian political establishment, corporate media promote military as opposition to Bolsonaro

Brazilian political establishment, corporate media promote military as opposition to Bolsonaro
Just days after an unprecedented shakeup in the high command, the consensus within the political establishment is that the military represents the bulwark of Brazilian democracy

” Treating the sacking of the entire high command as a non-event due to the supposedly constitutionalist role of the military, the next day Estado de S.Less than 24 hours before Tuesday’s firing of the high command, the head of the House Constitutional Panel, a Bolsonaro ultra-loyalist, tweeted that a psychotic episode by a Military Police soldier in the state of Bahia, who broke into a section of beach blocked to reduce COVID-19 contagion, shouting confused populist slogans about “not arresting workers” and shooting rifle rounds into the air before being brutally gunned down by a special forces squad, represented the beginning of a mutiny by security forces against local authorities.Expressing the extraordinary tensions within the military ranks, both the capital and the east military commands had to issue express orders for soldiers and officers not to discuss publicly or on social media the sacking of the high command.The same historical revisionist line toed by the high command was embraced by Bolsonaro’s vice president, Gen.

For its part, the Labor Party, supported by the Stalinist Communist Party, trusted “nationalist” and “constitutionalist” elements within the high command to reign in the fascistic moods being whipped up by Goulart’s opposition.faced with the perception that his government has been losing support, the president decided to apply pressure on the leaders of the Armed Forces to pick a side—him or the Constitution.

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