Whoo hoo! Female presidents! Whoo hoo, yeeerrrr…. I admit. What I knew about the leader of my new home country was definitely not enough.
Dilma Vana Rousseff, president of Brazil, has stood in support of the Brazilian protesters. Because, of course, she was once a protester. But truth be told, Dilma was more than just a protester – according to Brazil’s military dictatorship. She was a bank robber and a guerilla terrorist.
Dilma was an upper middle class girl that decided to join the revolution. She had been called the “Joan of Arc” of the movement in which she was involved against the military dictatorship. She also stole a really big pile of money. She was apprehended at 22 years old, allegedly tortured in some really nasty ways for 22 days, and imprisoned for three years.
A terrorist?! “Isn’t that,” you might ask, “kind of like electing Timothy McVeigh into office?” Only if there were a whole bunch more people who were behind Timothy. And Dilma didn’t bomb anyone.
It’s a little bit more like putting John McCain on the presidential ballot. Let’s assume he gunned down a whole lot of human beings in the Vietnam war. And as a prisoner of war, tortured as well. Dilma’s crimes were targeted at the civil war going on in Brazil. The proceeds from the robberies went to fund the movement.
All is fair in love and war, right? Right?
Most seem to have been OK with Dilma’s violent history thus far, because she had a hand in overthrowing the military dictatorship. (Except the military police of course, who she recently needed to depend on.)
It is assumed that Dilma won the presidential race because of her close connection to the former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Lula is suspected of extensive corruption during his term. Many of the people who worked with him have been charged with crimes (yet they are not in prison). Dilma had actually never been elected to anything before, yet won the presidential election. Once the protests erupted, the first thing she did was fly to São Paulo to meet with Lula.
Is she just his puppet?
There has also been a buzz about Dilma herself taking advantage of her position.
I don’t know. Perhaps if you get tortured for helping bring down a dictatorship, you might kind of feel like the people of Brazil owe you a little something. It probably also makes you one mean, cold bitch.
Dilma may or may not be doing everything she can in her power to further Brazil and better the lives of the people. We all know that presidents don’t have full control. But let’s hope that Dilma takes the protesting seriously. After all, she might assume that if she makes the wrong moves, a bunch of young activists turned “terrorists” will take her down.