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(en) Brazil: "The goal is to create a" popular power "- Organização anarquista socialismo libertário -- Interview by Auréline (friend of AL, Toulouse) (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 5 Dec 2017 08:50:18 +0200


The Organização anarquista socialismo libertário (OASL), active in São Paulo since 2008, is a member of the Brazilian Anarchist Coordination (CAB). It claims especifismo, a mode of organization and militancy that articulates the action within the social movements and the action more specifically anarchist. Meeting with João, in his thirties, precarious worker and member of the organization. ---- Libertarian alternative: What are the activities of the OASL ? ---- João: We are fighting mainly on three fronts: the union front, the community front and the student front. At the union level, peers are active and active among subway drivers, in health and in education. The student front is present in two universities, where we defend a policy of real access of the popular classes to the university 1. On the community front, we develop the Movement of grassroots organizations (MOB), which acts in three neighborhoods suburbs, offers tutoring ( cursinhos populares ), creates cooperatives that allow participants to earn an income, defends the free health centers of the SUS ( Sistema única de saúde), still threatened with closure or privatization ... We also participate in the squatters movement and, finally, there are comrades who initiated a feminist front. The goal is to create a "people power " articulated with social movements. Participating in one of these fronts is a condition to advocate for the OASL. This grassroots activism is fundamental, and a priority on the construction of the organization.

What is your practice in social movements ?

In each front we defend a horizontal organization. But do not want to be in a vanguard position, and we adapt to the reality of social movements, where there is a wide variety of opinions. It is by campaigning with people that we spread our ideas and values. An example: when occupying farmland with the Landless People's Movement (MST), people prayed before the actions. Although being mostly atheists, we refrained from criticizing. We have to find the balance, to deal with the reality of the people who are there, even if it is difficult. Evangelical movements are strong in the suburbs because they occupy a political and social vacuum. But they often position themselves against struggles, against strikes and obstruct the MOB.

And what about repression ?

There is currently a criminalization of social movements, which is very much aimed at trade unionists. Police violence, on the other hand, strikes the suburbs and favelas, the blacks and the poor being the first concerned. We are going so far as to speak about " genocidal politics ". But the denunciation of this violence is rare, for fear of reprisals. The case of Rafael Braga is exemplary. Arrested for the first time in June 2013 for a demonstration in which he did not participate, he spent several months in detention on bogus charges of making Molotov cocktails or drug trafficking. Last April, he was finally sentenced to eleven years in prison (!), Commuted to prison in September.

What libertarian analysis can we make of the current political situation in Brazil: dismissal of Dilma Rousseff in May 2016, claims of direct elections following the revelations on the corruption of the right-wing President Michel Temer ?

First of all, it must be remembered that the Workers' Party has pursued a policy of class collaboration. As for the coup, the PT also has its responsibility: it has made alliances with right-wing parties, which gave them strength and allowed them to recover the dissatisfaction with the reforms. The breakdown of the Labor Code and retreats orchestrated by the liberal right was already on the agenda of the PT. Recently, former President Lula (PT) bluntly said that if he were re-elected, he would not come back on this pension breakup. The PT approved the law authorizing the use of the army against the demonstrations, and used it in June 2013 during protests against the increase of the prices of the public transport 2. As for the agrarian reform, its balance sheet is eloquent: under President Cardoso (1995-2002, right), the redistribution of land to poor peasants was faster, not because the government was more voluntarist, but because there were more social struggles. But with the PT in power, social movements have weakened because their leaders have been offered positions, which is a good way to silence them. As we have seen recently, when the management of the CUT, the main trade union confederation, close to the PT, was more concerned about Lula's judicial mishaps than to organize the fight against the breakage of pensions and the Labor Code. because their leaders have been offered positions, which is a good way to silence them. As we have seen recently, when the management of the CUT, the main trade union confederation, close to the PT, was more concerned about Lula's judicial mishaps than to organize the fight against the breakage of pensions and the Labor Code. because their leaders have been offered positions, which is a good way to silence them. As we have seen recently, when the management of the CUT, the main trade union confederation, close to the PT, was more concerned about Lula's judicial mishaps than to organize the fight against the breakage of pensions and the Labor Code.

AL, The Monthly, November 2017

https://albruxelles.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/bresil-lobjectif-est-de-creer-un-pouvoir-populaire-organizacao-anarquista-socialismo-libertario/#more-2778
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