Military Intervention in Brazil?

Due to concerns revolving around potential corruption, opponents of current Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff are looking at the Brazilian military for “intervention.” Defense Minister Jacques Wagner said the call to action is being held by roughly nine to eleven percent of the population, so the government does seem to be too concerned. Wagner also believes that the desire for military intervention is not shared amongst the general public. Many, including Wagner, are extremely hesitant to see any type of militaristic government after the regime from 1964 to 1985 was so abusive towards the population. As for support for intervention among the soldiers, Wagner claims that there is “near zero” support among the troops. A 2014 scandal involving Petrobas, a state-owned oil company, ignited the recent protests as many in the current government have been linked to the scandal; many officials had been receiving kickbacks from the company.

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