The PSUV bloc at the National Assembly issued a joint statement today in support of former Brazilian President Luiz Lula da Silva and current President Dilma Rousseff. The two are at the heart of the latest wave of social unrest in Brazil.
The statement from all 54 PSUV deputies utilized elements similar to the ones the party has been using in Venezuela, calling the investigation against Lula and Rousseff nothing more than a “media/judicial coup d’etat“. Part of the statement reads:
We are witnessing an unprecedented level of persecution by the hegemonic media and a few judges along with politicians with the goal of overthrowing the legitimate, elected government of Brazil.
The statement also points out that the United States is orchestrating the “attack” against Lula and Rousseff, and calls on “all of the revolutionary forces” from Venezuela, Latin America and the world to “neutralize these types of coup d’etats against independence”.
Brazilian authorities suspect Lula of receiving bribes and other kickbacks stemming from a fraud and corruption scandal involving at least $500 million in misappropriated funds.
Allup Criticizes Former People’s Defender
National Assembly President Henry Ramos Allup criticized former People’s Defender Gabriela Ramirez after pictures surfaced on social media showing the PSUV politician shopping with cash in the United States.
In response to the pictures, Allup tweeted:
What’s upsetting about these hypocrites is that they speak out against the United States to pretend like they’re revolutionaries, and then they turn around and go spend money there.
On Monday, pictures surfaced on Caraota Digital showing Ramirez shopping at a Timberland shoe store in Miami, Florida.
Ramirez fired back at the story, saying:
I have a right to my privacy and my honor. As far as I know, there’s no [law] that stops me from moving about freely in my country or in other places. Also, I want to clarify that I wasn’t in Miami but in Orlando, where some of my relatives live.
Ramirez held the post of People’s Defender during the 2014 anti-government protests. She drew extensive condemnation for suggesting that “torture has a purpose”, and that numerous reports of the use of torture by authorities during the protest crackdown were unfounded.
Earlier today, Allup tweeted another message that appeared to be directed to Ramirez and other PSUV officials who liked to spend their vacations in the United States:
We should ask the heads of the rebolucion [a deliberate misspelling of the word revolucion; a derogatory term for the Bolivarian revolution] why their relatives don’t go on vacation to Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador, but instead go to El Imperio.
Allup: TSJ Preparing Further Attacks Against NA
Allup took to Twitter again early this morning to say that the Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ), the nation’s top court, was preparing more “judicial treachery”, including a ruling that would strip MUD deputies of their parliamentary immunity and leave them vulnerable to police and judicial action.
The criminal gang that is the TSJ is preparing more judicial treachery to strip us of out parliamentary immunity and send us to trial for contempt.
Allup did not provide any explanation for his comment.
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