by Coordenação Anarquista Brasileira – CAB
Text of the Brazilian Anarchist Coordination (CAB) on the current situation in Brazil.
Brazil is experiencing a political earthquake, opening up the rottenness of the country’s elites and further weakening the ties that sustain them in power. The orchestrated operation that allowed the recording between President Michel Temer and the owner of JBS, the largest meat company in the world, alters the correlation of forces in the country and throws gasoline in the political and social crisis. With political instability, the government has more difficulty mobilizing its base and moving forward with the Labor and Social Security Reforms, the biggest attacks on the oppressed class.
This is no reason to celebrate, we must not take weight from these struggles. Now is the time to go up, mass mobilizations with the locking of the streets, stoppages towards the general strike to bar social cuts and reforms. We must deepen democracy, but direct democracy, where the workers in their places of work, study and housing decide the course of the country. The moment is unfavorable for us oppressed and oppressed, but the crisis and the dispute between the elites open up other projects.
Direct democracy now! Bar reform on the streets and build People’s Power!
Brazilian Anarchist Coordination (CAB)Brazil is experiencing a political earthquake, opening up the rottenness of the country’s elites and further weakening the ties that sustain them in power. The orchestrated operation that allowed the recording between President Michel Temer and the owner of JBS, the largest meat company in the world, alters the correlation of forces in the country and throws gasoline in the political and social crisis. With political instability, the government has more difficulty mobilizing its base and moving forward with the Labor and Social Security Reforms, the biggest attacks on the oppressed class. This is no reason to celebrate, we must not take weight from these struggles. Now is the time to go up, mass mobilizations with the locking of the streets, stoppages towards the general strike to bar social cuts and reforms. We must deepen democracy, but direct democracy, Where the workers in their places of work, study and housing decide the direction of the country. We can not accept the crumbs from upstairs, we need to impose a popular social rights program built and decided by the people. We need to build direct democracy, in the neighborhoods, in the slums, in the villages, in the land and dwellings, in the factories, in the schools outside the upper chambers.
The coup that fired the fourth mandate of the PT / PMDB in the presidency made it possible to begin a successful first round of tough anti-pov- er measures at an overwhelming pace, with wide support in Congress and in the media, especially Globo. Temer passed the High School Reform, the PEC of the Ceiling of Expenses, Law of Outsourcing, privatizations and several other attacks – initiated during the PT government itself. Decades of bureaucratization of struggles by large trade union centrals and the practice of co-opting leaders of large social movements by the PT have helped and still help to demobilize the people and hamper the massification of resistance against these attacks. Despite this, other sectors such as the secondary and indigenous, breathe new life into the social struggle.
With more than 90% rejection, the Temer government has no legitimacy to support this false democratic system. This serves only to keep the businessmen and the political class stealing and killing the people. The Lula and Dilma class conciliation government was a government for businessmen and the rich, with some crumbs for the poor. And the countless reports of corruption only make evident the disgusting relationship of favoritism that exists between big business and the state. The cases of corruption are not isolated facts, but it is what moves the wheel of the State and the Private Sector. That is, the representative system is not for the interests of the people, but for capitalism, for the political and business class to advance their projects.
That is why “magic solutions” like privatizations, outsourcing, attacks on labor rights only serve to make businessmen profitable. In the same way are the attacks on social rights, attacks on indigenous and their territories, landless and peasants, women, LGBTTs, genocide of black people and residents of slums and villages, the criminalization of poverty. All are measures and policies for the right and the conservative sectors, entrepreneurs, landowners, bankers to impose their ideology, earn more, concentrate more wealth and exploit the people more. Entrepreneurs, like Doria, are no different from other politicians, are enemies of the people. If professional politicians are in disrepute, the justice system tries to use legitimacy with anti-corruption operations to increase its power in the state structure. The Judiciary, Federal Police and Public Prosecutor, with sectors aligned directly to the United States, count on massive support from Rede Globo to accumulate power with dangerously authoritarian bias. It is necessary to repudiate this escalation and avoid any illusion in salvation by bourgeois justice.
The old media plays a crucial role in the tangle of interests of the ruling class. Rede Globo, the same one that supported the Media Legal Coup, built and legitimized the current coup, now stands on the stronger side with the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) for the departure of Temer. The purpose is to recover the conditions to approve the reforms with the election of a new president by indirect elections. We can not underestimate the role that communication giants play in the ideological field. The turn of the Globe against Temer does not mean no advance for the popular field. Surfing in the discredit of the professional politicians she discards old bets, like Aécio Neves, and they orient their agenda by the world-wide tendency to leverage candidacies of personalities apparently “from outside” of the political-partisan field. They seek to register subjects directly from the business community (Doria, Meirelles), the judiciary (Nelson Jobim, Carmem Lúcia, Joaquim Barbosa), or even the entertainment media (Luciano Huck). It is strategic to advance in the discredit of the old media and to strengthen the agenda of the democratization of communication with restriction to the power of these companies, as well as to strengthen the popular mass media.
It is still necessary to question the reason for the denunciations to arrive only at this moment. Even if they have dismissed some politicians and triggered some instability, the action shows loyalty in the agreements between state and capital. The criterion is economic and there is interest in defending a company that recently faced the operation Weak Meat; An action that, while on the one hand has demonstrated the poor condition that our food is produced, first served the US interests of weakening a competitor in the international meat market dispute. It should be noted that it was the PT / PMDB government that fattened JBS through BNDES with millions of dollars, transforming the company into one of the largest in the world.
Down and Left, Direct Democracy already!
The fact is that the agenda that took many people to the streets in this 1 year of Temer government can become reality: the departure of Michel Temer from the presidency of the republic. And we ask ourselves: what now? What is the next step? We know that with weakened coup leaders and their parliamentary base swinging, there is a lack of conditions to continue the process of labor and pension reform. Now it is urgent to massify the fight against the reforms and to take up the rights that were withdrawn by coup makers from the past and the current conjuncture, the PT / PMDB. In addition to barring reforms, we need to build a project that makes the rich pay the crisis and recognize the political elite, business and media as enemies of the people. Large corporations such as JBS owe more than $ 400 billion to social security,
Only the organization of the people and the pressure on the streets can prevent reforms and attacks on social rights. Nothing will go in that direction from the parliamentary offices. We have to prevent entrepreneurs and the political elite from making their summit and blow-outs to keep up with their project. Mobilization and popular pressure are needed now and urgently to stop the reforms moving forward amid this instability. They are necessary pressures to impose popular guidelines on the government, even in the case of a direct election. And the mobilization of the people today is urgent to prevent the worst of the scenarios, which is a suspension of the elections in 2018 through a political-military intervention and the persecution of the combative sectors of the left.
The electoral left demands direct for the Presidency of the Republic and the Lulismo can appear, as in years ago, managing to present itself as supposed popular exit in the middle of the earthquake of the political crisis. We can not deceive ourselves! We have affirmed and continue affirming: it is necessary to surpass the petismo and all its inheritance in the left. The belief that Lula will have to deal with the crisis and bring about improvements in the living conditions of the underdogs does not hold up. An election of Lula would represent only one more class pact with the bourgeoisie and the bosses, in even more withdrawn terms than in previous years.
The important thing at the moment is that the fight has to be grassroots and on the streets to advance a popular rights program! Promote organization, mobilization against social security and labor reform, and the construction of a class-based, popular project. Catalyze popular dissatisfaction in revolt and move forward in grassroots struggles. It does not allow itself to be led by immediate solutions, in this process of reorganization of the left and summit agreements to save bourgeois democracy. There is no rabbit in top hat, the way out is to build popular organization in neighborhoods, in schools, in workplaces with poor and oppressed people. We must demand the suspension of all antipovo measures initiated in the PT government and continued by the coup leader Temer.
The moment is unfavorable for us oppressed and oppressed, but the crisis and the dispute between the elites open up other projects. We need to use dissatisfaction to delegitimize this system and channel the social struggle.
Direct Democracy already!
For the suspension of all anti-pov!
Against tax adjustment and rights cuts!
Off Globe coup!
Build People’s Power against Adjustment and Repression!
Edited for mb3-org.com