‘Brazil meat­packer fi­nanced po­lit­i­cal coup’

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THE PUB­LI­CIST for Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer al­leges that the largest meat­pack­ing group in the coun­try paid for a cam­paign to bring for­ward a coup against Dilma Rouss­eff.

Elsinho Mouco says JBS, the world’s largest meat­pack­ing com­pany, had funded a cam­paign in­volv­ing so­cial me­dia to help pro­pel Te­mer, then vice-pres­i­dent, to the pres­i­dency.

“In 2016, em­ploy­ers, cor­po­ra­tions, many peo­ple wanted Dilma’s im­peach­ment.

“Some hired stages and set up for events, oth­ers paid for flags, press of­fices, there were peo­ple who bought the Brazil­ian team’s shirt and of­fered to work in dig­i­tal net­works,” Mouco said.

Te­mer’s pub­li­cist for the past 15 years, Mouco told O Es­tado de Sao Paulo that he re­ceived $100 000 (R1.3 mil­lion) from Joes­ley Batista, owner of the JBS group.

Batista has pre­vi­ously tes­ti­fied that he paid bribes of $10m to choose the for­mer head of the lower cham­ber, Ed­uardo Cunha, widely recog­nised as the chief mas­ter­mind be­hind the par­lia­men­tary coup against Rouss­eff.

Cunha is serv­ing over 15 years in prison for cor­rup­tion, money laun­der­ing and tax eva­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to Batista, Te­mer asked him to de­velop a project to help him im­prove his im­age in so­cial me­dia. teleSUR –

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