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A spike into the left: How Brazil's coup government carwashed Lula.

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So much dirt has come out on the leading conservative politicians - people talking about killing witnesses, film of money changing hands, Swiss bank accounts - they're getting worried they might end up in jail and they've started fighting with the judiciary. The real hope is that the right begins to implode and that opens space for an organized left attempt to take power. The monkey wrench in this plan is that it seems like they're gonna cancel direct elections next year, and hold indirect elections where the corrupt senate and congress decide the president.

Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier explains why the dubious corruption conviction of former president Lula da Silva is another in a long line of assaults on Brazil's organized left by the neoliberal coup government, itself somehow not weakened by its own, very apparent corruption, but strengthened and empowered by Western media coverage of the political chaos it creates.

Brian also talks about strike organizing in São Paulo, and the short documentary he made covering organizing there this Spring.

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Brian Mier is an editor at Brasil Wire and a freelance writer and producer.

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