Despite having no mandate, the government has reversed social programmes that took 40 million people out of poverty, write Chris Williamson MP, Tariq Ali, Benjamin Zephaniah, trade unionists, academics and others

31 August marks two years since Dilma Rousseff’s removal as president of Brazil when 61 senators trampled on the political will expressed at the ballot box by the 54 million Brazilians who had elected her. Since then, the illegitimate Michel Temer-led government has shown its true colours with hardline austerity policies.

Despite having no mandate, the government has reversed social programmes that took 40 million people out of poverty. Its policies have plunged the economy into deeper crisis, damaged public services, and hurt the living standards of millions.

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