Brazil is currently facing its worse political crises in several decades as opponents of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff attempt to impeach her on corruption charges. But Rousseff has refused to resign and says that impeachment proceedings amount to undemocratic attempts by the right wing opposition to oust her from power, an attempted coup d’etat. In recent weeks mass protests have occurred in Brazil calling for the President’s resignation.
Later this week, Brazil’s Senate is expected to vote to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial by the full chamber. This move would immediately suspend Rousseff for the duration of a trial that could last six months. It’s not easy for outsiders to sort through all the competing claims about Brazil’s political crisis and the ongoing effort to oust its president. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Professor of Anthropology Thaddeus Blanchette joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on May 9, 2016.. Professor Blanchette has worked and lived in Rio de Janeiro for the past several decades.