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    Brazil's former President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha speaks during the presentation of his defense in the Chamber of Deputies, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016.

    Brasília or Bust - The Conspiracy Behind the Arrest of the Man Behind the Coup

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    Popular resistance continues to mount against the neoliberal coup government of Brazilian President Michel Temer, after a politician who orchestrated the impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff has now been arrested on multiple corruption charges.

    Eduardo Cunha, former speaker of the lower house, was detained on Wednesday on corruption charges, with police executing a search warrant at his home in Rio de Janeiro.

    Dr. Francisco Dominguez, senior lecturer at Middlesex University, told Radio Sputnik's Brian Becker that the arrest of Cunha, who worked tirelessly to create the conditions for the coup to succeed, is an "equal justice" show, aimed at clearing the way for charging ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to prevent Lula from participating in the 2018 presidential election.

    "Eduardo Cunha is probably the most corrupt politician in the land," Dominguez asserted. "Cunha's being sacrificed in order to create the moral conditions…to try and go for Lula, which is really the big prize, from their point of view."

    Brazilian-British journalist Victor Fraga, participating in the radio discussion, agreed with the assertion, suggesting that Cunha simply agreed to temporarily play the role of a scapegoat, so that Lula, founder of the Workers Party and an ex-president with a record approval rating, would be deprived of the opportunity to participate in, and potentially win, the next election in Brazil.

    "He was totally aware of his arrest. Cunha is a very toxic figure, and he can bring down hundreds of politicians with him if he's speaking the truth," Fraga said during the Loud & Clear broadcast. "Ultimately the only reason for this arrest is to give judicial process a very thin veneer of legitimacy so that they can arrest Lula."

    According to Fraga, charges that will eventually be brought against Lula are either not serious or not real, and would not prevent him from winning, especially as his current political persecution has resulted in increased popularity.

    "Lula is now beyond a president, he's a myth. And they want to bust that myth," Fraga said. "Their purpose is not to arrest him and let him go, their purpose is far beyond that. They want him to die in jail…They want to show people that this is what happens when a working class person gets to power."

    Dominguez expressed doubt that such drastic measures are part of a plan, but stressed that barring Lula from becoming a candidate would be a crime, questioning whether popular sentiment in the country would allow it to happen.


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