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Introduction: My name is Sophie Terry and I am a Junior at Wingate University currently studying Marketing with a minor in English. My interests in Latin American revolutions center around changing social dynamics during rebellion.


An exciting example of modern day rebellion is currently taking place in Brazil. In the article, Brazil: Why do Latin American protests so often call for impeachment?, it is clear that citizens of the state are not happy with their current president, Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff is currently being blamed for “a struggling economy and one of the largest corruption scandals in its history”. Protests calling for her impeachment have been littering the streets, and some, though they are few, have even been calling for military action.

On the one hand, it is heartening to see Brazilians so vocally involved in the state of their country. Ever since Brazil rid itself of their 21 year old dictatorship, the general population have been keenly aware of the state of their Union and have repeatedly and successfully called for action against unsatisfying governments. Aside from the corruption scandal, the protestors have legitimate reason to be angry. Energy bills have been rising ever since Rousseff’s 2014 election and there are allegations that she “held electricity prices artificially low while campaigning”.

That being said, there are some that are critical of the high turnover rate of Brazils presidents, saying that people are too quickly and easily dissatisfied. In this case, opponents argue that there is no legal way to oust Rousseff at this time, and if it is not legally done then it is not worth it. Senate has been trying to quell the issue as well as the business community, who have been “active in pressuring politicians to keep the situation from advancing”.

Either way, it will be interesting to see how the Brazilian government responds to its people. It seems that Rousseff may have no choice but to change her methods and meet the demands set before her if she wants to stop the alarming drop in her approval rating. However her actual impeachment is not likely due to the legal issues surrounding it.

Posted by Sophie Terry

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