Amid all the absolutely atrocious shit news from Latin America of late, there’s one bright spot: All the local progressive governments who are not taking putschism lying down. Whether it’s at home or in a country right nearby, they’re making their displeasure known. Case in point: Venezuela and El Salvador, both of whom are mightily unimpressed by what’s going down in Brazil:
On Saturday, the interim government of Brazil rejected the criticisms of various countries in Latin America, including Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia, of the impeachment proceedings against Dilma Rousseff, who was suspended as president last Wednesday.
In recent hours the governments of Venezuela and El Salvador recalled their ambassadors to Brazil, refusing to recognize the new administration of de facto president Michel Temer.
The leftist president of El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, announced yesterday that he would not recognize the Brazilian interim government, and called his ambassador. He added that the temporary suspension of Rousseff was a “political manipulation” in the largest economy in Latin America.
Hours earlier, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro asked his diplomats to leave Brazil as a sign of non-recognition for the incoming government.
In a communiqué, the Brazilian Ministry of Exterior Relations indicated that it “rejects emphatically” the fact that its neighbors “permit themselves to opine and propagate falsehoods over an internal political process”.
The irony of that last statement should be lost on no one, considering that it’s Gringolandia who’s been championing the putsch — oh sorry, impeachment — and that without the express approval of the US State Dept. (and its very hinky ambassador), this would never have gotten as far as it did.
PS to Gringolandia: Hope you enjoy your blowback, all the way from Russia…with love!