Tuesday, 26. March 2019

As Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro has been positively impacted by the unlawful submission of massive attack ads against the Workers’ Party (PT) to millions of people via WhatsApp, the far-right presidential candidate could be disqualified from the race or be removed from office if he runs and gets elected, even if his direct involvement in the activities is not proven true, a law expert said.

The National Political Commission of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) issued a statement on October 8th, 2018, regarding the presidential elections. According to the statement, the second round of the presidential elections accomplishes the aspiration of the majority of Brazilians to have more time to make the definitive choice of their presidential candidacy. The statement underlined that the first round was ‘a setback to Jair Bolsonaro's fascist candidacy supported by mainstream media, large economic and financial groups, by sectors of state corporations .... including illegal actions, such as a lot of fake news that he would win in the first round’. Against Bolsonaro, the candidates Fernando Haddad as president and Manuela D'Ávila as deputy supported by previous president and Workers' Party (PT) leader Luiz Inácio Lula imprisoned by the reactionary forces in Brazil achieved to get almost 30% in the first round. PCdoB declared its support for the candidacy of Fernando Haddad ‘to form a democratic front, as broad as possible, based on the unity of the left’.

morning star neuLABOUR’S youth organisation has voted to appoint imprisoned Brazilian socialist leader Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva its honorary president. In a statement on LabourList this morning, Young Labour’s national committee said that it had voted to honour the former president, condemning the “smear campaign” directed against him by the “elites” of Brazil.

The hugely popular Lula, Brazil’s president from 2003 until 2011, has been imprisoned since April on charges that his supporters say are trumped up and politically motivated. Judges ruled that, as a prisoner, he was not allowed to stand in This Sunday’s presidential election, which is being closely contested between Lula’s stand-in Fernando Haddad and the far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro.

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), an organization that represents more than 92 million workers around the world, expresses its support and solidarity with Brazilian oil workers who started, on Wednesday (30), a warning strike for 72 hours throughout the country.

The sector, composed of more than 60 thousand workers, protests against the neoliberal measures of the illegitimate government of Michel Temer that since he assumed the presidency by a coup, has implemented his agenda of privatization of the Petrobras system, reducing investments and practicing an extortive policy of prices.

The Workers’ Party chair, Gleisi Hoffmann, read a letter from Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Monday (16) to supporters who are gathering at the Free Lula camp in Curitiba, where the former president is being held at the Federal Police headquarters.

In his first public statement after his arrest, Lula thanked supporters for their resistance and chants of “good morning” and “good night” they sing outside the Federal Police building every day and night. He also said he is feeling composed.

While the Brazilian religious advocacy group Pastoral Land Commission (Comissão Pastoral da Terra – CPT) was planning the release of a report on the number of people murdered in rural conflicts in Brazil in 2017, another activist was found dead. Last Sunday (15), the body of quilombola leader Nazildo dos Santos Brito, 33, was found with gunshot wounds to the head and ribs in the community originating from a quilomboRemanescentes do Quilombo Turê III, on the border between the cities of Tomé-Açu and Acará, in the northern state of Pará. A quilombola is a resident of quilombos, settlements set up in Brazil’s rural areas, mostly by escaped enslaved people of African descent.

About 10,000 people marched in the city of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, one month after the brutal murder of Brazilian human rights activist and councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes.

The police still have no answers about the people responsible for the shooting. Around the world, dozens of demonstrations were reported on the 14th in at least three continents — the Americas, Europe, and Africa — to protest and remember the murder of Franco and Gomes.

Brazilian housing movements that are part of the People Without Fear Front (Frente Povo Sem Medo) occupied today (16) the beachside apartment ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is falsely accused of owning, even though no evidence of his ownership has ever been found during the investigations of Operation Car Wash, which have led to his trial and later conviction. Lula turned himself in to the Federal Police on April 7th, after judge Sérgio Moro issued an arrest warrant for him, and, since then, Brazil's former president has been held as a political prisoner.

The number of people in extreme poverty in Brazil went up by 11.2% in 2017 over 2016, from 13.34 million to 14.83 million people last year, according to consulting firm LCA Consultores, based on data released on Wednesday (11) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). To draw this conclusion, the firm used the World Bank’s global poverty line, which sets the income per capita at US$1.90 a day as the limit defining extreme poverty in developing countries.

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