On August 31, the Brazilian Senate impeached Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, in a 61 to 20 vote. She was convicted of manipulating the federal budget in order to conceal the nation’s growing economic problems.
Dilma is a member of the leftist Workers’ Party, which has sought to stimulate Brazil’s economy, and lift millions into the middle class. The Workers’ Party has been leading Brazil for years and has experienced much success in stimulating the economy. In 2010 alone the nation experienced a 7.6 percent growth in it’s economy, and reached a point where it was considered an economic giant in South America. That is until recently. In 2015 Brazil lost 1.5 million jobs, and sent unemployment skyrocketing to 9.5 percent. This is what Dilma didn’t want people to see, when she and others stuck their fingers into the federal budget.
As talked about last week by documentary filmmaker Dodge Billingsley, this economical growth is one of the main factors behind the increased emphasis on Brazil’s northern border security. Billingsley talked about the military trying to instill a sense of nationality within the Yanomami communities that reside in the borders of Brazil, and their other efforts to build positive relationships. He also talked about the military being matched in trying to establish relations with the Yanomami Indians by drug cartels, arms dealers, and other illegal entities seeking safe passage into Brazil.
With the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, the economic downturn, and the destabilized political stage of Brazil, I’m curious the effect it will have on the safety and enforcement of Brazil’s borders, and with the effect it may have on the Yanomami’s perceptions of Brazil.