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Brazil's strike: massive losses: 70m chickens slaughtered; exports of soy, sugar and coffee cancelled

Thursday, May 31st 2018 - 07:02 UTC
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Striking truckers in Brazil have disrupted supplies and exports from one of the world's agricultural powerhouses, triggering the premature slaughter of millions of chickens as feed failed to reach farmers. The strike over high fuel prices has paralyzed Brazil, the top global exporter of soybeans, sugar, coffee and chicken. Read full article

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  • :o))

    On the OTHER hand:
    https://www.otempo.com.br/polopoly_fs/1.1850750.1527638769!image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/main-charges-resize_620/image.jpg

    May 31st, 2018 - 12:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    Amazing. What Temer has done to Brazil in order to prompt decisive action by so many layers of society? This has taken all observers by surprise and it will probably become a subject of many studies. In any event, here's to o povo Brasileiro.

    May 31st, 2018 - 05:57 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • DemonTree

    What layers of society? It was one group, truckers, who have inflicted such devastating damage on Brazil's already ailing economy - not that you seem to care - and the cause was what Temer did not do and has now agreed to; use taxpayers' money to subsidise diesel for truckers, instead of letting the price rise with the increasing cost of oil. Worse is that having given in to the truckers, other 'layers of society', are now likely to try their luck at getting concessions (and causing disruption) that Brazil can ill afford.

    Who do you think will take over if Temer is forced out? It definitely won't be Lula or anyone allied to him. Much better at this point for things to stay calm and the election to go ahead - there is very little chance that any of the mainstream parties (other than the PT) will win the presidency.

    May 31st, 2018 - 07:03 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Don Alberto

    Another of Enrique Massot's stupid comments.

    The people who pay for the fuel are not hired drivers but capitalists who often run their own and only truck. They don't belong to more than one layer of society.

    May 31st, 2018 - 08:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))

    A question of TIME:
    From UOL:
    https://noticias.uol.com.br/politica/eleicoes/2018/noticias/agencia-estado/2018/05/31/lula-tem-condicoes-de-participar-das-eleicoes-e-ser-eleito-diz-dilma.htm?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_organico&utm_campaign=noticias&utm_content=geral

    May 31st, 2018 - 11:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    @DT

    I acknowledge that my statement about “many layers of society” was incorrect, and you are right: it was just one group – truckers – who did the work stoppage.

    That being said, you appear to believe the truckers’ strike was a walk in the park. It is not. You should know that it is very difficult for people to stop doing what they usually do: work. People need to be real mad to resort to such action.

    Then you ask who I think will take over if Temer is forced out. I do not know who would, and in any event it would mean replacing an illegitimate president by another similarly illegitimate president.

    “Much better at this point for things to stay calm and the election to go ahead,” you say.

    Wouldn’t that be nice?

    However, let me remind you that Brazil has been living a state of exception since the ousting, through a soft coup, of president Dilma Rousseff. The most popular candidate is now in prison and will likely to be excluded.

    You end your post with a red herring: “There is very little chance that any of the mainstream parties (other than the PT) will win the presidency.”

    You know, as we all know, that the whole point of ousting Dilma was a maneuver to prevent Lula from being in the October election. If that maneuver is successful, whoever else takes more votes wins the presidency—what else?

    And the deed is done.

    Jun 02nd, 2018 - 05:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    “People need to be real mad to resort to such action.”

    'Real mad' is relative; it's obvious that some countries are much more prone to strikes than others and it's not because conditions are worse there (generally the reverse). Willingness to strike also depends a great deal on how much bargaining power they perceive themselves to have, and that has just increased dramatically. I would expect them to strike over less in the future.

    What I don't understand is why they are demanding the government subsidise diesel, rather than simply charging more to carry goods. Is there some fixed rate that can't be renegotiated quickly? If so the obvious answer is to get rid of that and let the price reflect the costs to the driver.

    “Then you ask who I think will take over if Temer is forced out. I do not know who would, and in any event it would mean replacing an illegitimate president by another similarly illegitimate president.”

    Or replacing Temer with the military. The more instability and chaos, the more chance of the army stepping in. Surely that would be worse than a president who came to power in a dubious way but is governing in accordance with the constitution?

    “You know, as we all know, that the whole point of ousting Dilma was a maneuver to prevent Lula from being in the October election.”

    No, I do not 'know' any such thing. I disagree 100%. The point of ousting Dilma was so the MDB and PSDB could take power immediately, which they like to claim was for the good of the country (ending the recession) and any benefits to them (eg impeding the corruption investigations) were incidental.

    My point was that if they blocked Lula from the election in order to stay in power, it's not gonna work. Voters know the big parties are all up to their necks in corruption and are looking at outsiders. If they can't vote for Lula it will one of those who benefits.

    Jun 02nd, 2018 - 09:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))

    @DT:

    REF: “in any event,.........................illegitimate president”:
    http://acaopopular.net/jornal/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/charge-ladrao.jpg
    IS THERE ANYTHING LEGITIMATE LEFTOVER?????

    Jun 02nd, 2018 - 10:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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