“The government that's come to power via a coup has no mandate from the people to sell off national resources.”
This just one of a series of Tweets posted by former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who rallied behind calls for a referendum to repeal policies implemented by current Brazilian President Michel Temer.
“They're selling off what they have no vote or legitimacy to sell. They're selling resources that's not theirs and a country that's not theirs,” Dilma noted. She added that democracy is the only means by which the people of Brazil can defend their resources, social projects and “all else.”
Rousseff also cited the National Front in Defense of Sovereignty, a conglomeration of lawmakers from different political parties, social movements and civil society that have positioned themselves against Temer's administration. Their main points of contention include the unelected government's austerity cuts and privatizations, the selling off of natural resources, labor reforms that adversely affect the working class and the way Temer has handled Brazil's foreign affairs.
Lawmakers heading proposals articulated by the National Front in Defense of Sovereignty include Roberto Requiao (Brazilian Democratic Movement Party) and Lindberg Farias and Patrus Ananias (both from the Workers' Party).
Rousseff's sentiments echo those made by former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva. Having left office with a record approval rating of 83 percent, according to DataFolha, Lula said that if he's re-elected, a referendum will be held to determine which policies implemented by the current Brazilian government will be revoked. Recent surveys indicate he is likely to defeat all 2018 presidential hopefuls.
As of August, Temer's administration has announced that 57 public companies and airport terminals will be privatized, including Petrobras, Brazil's state-run oil company, and Electrobras, the country's state-owned electrical company and the largest in Latin America.