Less than a year after his predecessor was removed from office – Brazil’s President Michel Temer faces the possibility of a similar fate.
Brazilians know their political crises better than most.
On social media some like to joke that the chaos of Donald Trump’s Presidency is simply gringos imitando—foreigners copying us.
Others suggest that Brazil should offer the U.S. assistance in setting up impeachment proceeding—a frequent Brazilian trauma.
Such dark humor is a necessary refuge in a country where stability rarely lasts for long.
The latest crisis erupted last week when the Supreme Court placed President Michel Temer under investigation for corruption and obstructing justice.
On Wednesday of this week protesters overran government buildings in Brasília – setting fire to the agriculture ministry and police reportedly responded by shooting live ammunition.
Less than a year after the former President Dilma Rousseff was removed from office Temer faces the possibility of a similar fate.
And with right-wing populism on the rise in the country as it is elsewhere in the world – the stakes are as high as they have ever been.