16 | 12 | 2019

It is with joy that we followed live images of the release of Brazil’s former President Lula da Silva from incarceration.

Lula’s imprisonment since April 2018 was the result of an unfair political process, part of an institutional coup that led to President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, to prevent him from running in the presidential elections.

Lula’s freedom represents a blow against the undemocratic, authoritarian and far right forces, supported by the US, that have enforced a de facto coup d’etat in Brazil and have imposed severe regressive policies in the social, labour and democratic rights of the Brazilian people.

This statement was approved by DSA’s National Political Committee (NPC).

As land grabbers and plantation owners set fires now raging across huge expanses of the Brazilian Amazon, three national formations of the Democratic Socialists of America – the Ecosocialist Working Group, the Immigrants’ Rights Working Group, and the International Committee – issue our unequivocal condemnation of the colossal and coordinated brutality inflicted by capitalists on the ecosystem and its people,  so integral to the prospects not only of our species, but of all life on our planet. The damage is inextricable from Jair Bolsonaro and his political allies’ explicitly genocidal targeting of Indigenous peoples, Afro-Brazilians and landless workers.

We demand an immediate cessation to this capitalist arson and the restoration of the self-determination of water and planet protectors in Brazil, in the United States, and in every land scarred by extractivist domination.

While wildfires are ravaging the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro does not seem to respond to the increasing international pressure to contain fires. Bolsonaro had previously described rainforest protections as "an obstacle to economic development." Besides, it is not a secret that many capitalist companies involved in Brazilian agribusiness will score big profits from the deforestation.

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), on behalf of its 97 million affiliated workers in 130 countries from all corners of the world, declares its total rejection against the terrible forest fires that currently harm Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay and at the same time affirms its solidarity with the populations of the affected areas.

PAME expresses solidarity with the righteous struggle of the Brazilian Teachers and Students against the new anti-people’s measures of the Bolsonaro Government.

The workers and students of Brazil are organizing a National Day of Struggle on May 15, in defense of Public Education against the plans of the Government of Brazil aims to cut even more the funding for education. Moreover, the Brazilian government targets the essence of education by censoring what the students will learn in order not to become “communists” as it says.

Following his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Tuesday, April 2, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil claimed that Nazism was a “leftist movement.” Bolsonaro was brought to Yad Vashem, a memorial to the six million Jews murdered by Nazi Germany and fascists allies during World War II, as part of his three day state visit to Israel. The Brazilian far-right leader was asked on Tuesday if he agreed with the claim of his foreign minister, Ernesto Araujo, that the Nazis “were leftists.” Bolsonaro responded in the affirmative.

The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing firebrand who had made headlines for playing down the brutality of his country’s past pro-imperialist military dictatorship, is set to arrive in Israel on Sunday morning, March 31, for a three-day trip. At 8 p.m. on the evening of the same day, a demonstration will be held near the Prime Minister’s residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem during a meeting between Bolsonaro and Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Monica Benicio, Marielle Franco’s companion questioned the fact that even though two people were arrested in connection to her murder, why wasn’t the question of who ordered her killing being addressed.

"We think that the most important answer has not been given to us: Who sent Marielle killer and what motivates this crime?” Benicio said Tuesday in an interview with local media.

A link between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's family and the Marielle Franco murder case appeared Tuesday afternoon as details emerged that one of Bolsonaro's sons fell in love with the daughter of Ronnie Lessa, who is one of the two former policemen accused of killing the leftist councilwoman and human rights activist on March 14, 2018, as reported by the local media Brasil 247.

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 95 million affiliated workers in 130 countries around the world, stands in solidarity with the Brazilian people after the breakdown of a mining dam in Brumadinho, in the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte. According to official notes, there are already 65 confirmed deaths and about 292 missing persons.

The PPL and PCdoB leaderships declared the unification stressing the need to defend democracy, the 1988 Constitution, the rights of workers against Bolsonaro.

Free Motherland Party (PPL) joined the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), as was announced by the Presidents of the two parties on November 26, 2018. The decision was officialized through the congressional decision of the PPL, taken on December 1, and a joint meeting of the two parties' representatives, which took place on December 2. The decisions of unification and convention of an extraordinary Congress to be convened on the 17th of March, in order to determine the new, joint Central Committee, were also accepted at the Central Committee meeting of PCdoB on November 30. 

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