Monday, 17. December 2018

The Workers’ Party wishes to offer its solidarity and congratulations to the Cuban doctors and healthcare professionals who have worked to bring healthcare to some 3,600 remote municipalities in Brazil since 2013. The politically-motivated attack by President Jair Bolsonaro on the “More Doctors for Brazil” Programme, which has resulted in its closure, will harm the citizens of these 3,600 municipalities more than anybody else.

On  December 1, a unity meeting was held between the Communist Party of Brazil (Partido Comunista do Brasil, or PC do B) and the Free Homeland Party (Partido Patria Livre, or PPL) in São Paulo.  The PPL is a smaller Marxist-Leninist party. The unity project had been announced to the press on November 26 by Luciana Santos,President of the PC do B, and by Sérgio Rubens, President of the PPL.  This dynamic is moving in the direction of incorporating the PPL in the PC do B.

As Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s transition team will start to work in Brasília this Wednesday, Nov. 7, under the command of congressman Onyx Lorenzoni, the promises of political renewal, leaving behind “old-school” politicians and pursuing national sovereignty, now sound like ideals that are far away from the group that will take office in January.

After Brazil’s presidential elections, the country’s Congress got back to its normal activities, placing an array of conservative topics on the agenda. One of the pieces of legislation that stand out is a Senate bill that describes criminal activities classified as terrorism and could lead to the formal criminalization of people’s movements.

On November 1, judge Sergio Moro accepted the invitation from extreme right-wing president-elect Jair Bolsonaro to serve as minister of justice. Sergio Moro is the federal judge who presided over the ‘Car Wash’ corruption scandal which investigated corruption in the Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras. His central targets in the investigation were former presidents Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, both members of the Workers' Party (PT)

Brazil's future economy minister in the Jair Bolsonaro administration – which will start on Jan. 1 –, Paulo Guedes, announced that, in order to “control expenditures,” his economic plan includes pushing the pension reform, speeding up privatization processes, and downsizing the government. The relationships with the Mercosur trade bloc will also lose priority, the neoliberal economist said.

The Brazilian people who are unhappy with the rise of the far-right to power in Brazil will take to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the democratic rupture represented by the election of Jair Bolsonaro last Sunday, after he won 55 percent of votes. While around 58 million voters chose the retired army captain, 89 million Brazilians did not elect his conservative project, including those who voted for Fernando Haddad and a high absenteeism rate.

Six demonstrations will be held this afternoon, in São Paulo, Fortaleza, Brasília, Porto Alegre, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro.

"We leave this process with closer ties and organized capacity and strength to resist this professed fascist offensive," said João Pedro Stedile, from the national board of the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) about the result of Brazil's 2018 presidential elections.

In an interview to the Brasil de Fato Radio immediately after Jair Bolsonaro's victory in the runoff election, Stedile pointed out that, despite the defeat, progressive forces won politically, as a strong unity has developed over the past few weeks. In his opinion, Bolsonaro's government, which will start on Jan. 1, 2019, will be similar to the Pinochet regime in Chile in its fascist nature.

Two of Brazil's major people's movements released a statement about the country's elections. Read it below:

The election is over, but the fight is just beginning: We hold our heads up resisting for Brazil!

We lived an entirely atypical electoral process. Since the end of the military period, we have not had the political imprisonment of a leader, such as Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was unjustly convicted and whose candidacy was contested by the Superior Electoral Court. A process in which forces that had so far operated in the undergrounds, have emerged in the presidential dispute provoking a great wave of hatred and violence against the Brazilian people.

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