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(en) Czech, AFED: Brazil: Resistance from the depths of the jungle [machine translation]

Date Wed, 18 Sep 2019 08:22:18 +0300

Brazilian anarchists analyze the cause of the devastating fires in the Amazon and call for solidarity and joint struggle. ---- Amazonia ---- In August, Brazilian and global companies were surprised by the increase in deforestation by 50% and the higher incidence of fires by 70% in the Amazon rainforest. Minister of Agriculture Tereza Cristina, known as the "poisonous muse", began to readily defend events as a result of the local climate. In a similar way, the main culprit was quickly pointed out: summer and the beginning of the Amazon drought. ---- But the matter has aroused the interest of social movements and environmental organizations. Alerted by social networks, Pará has warned that farmers and land grabpers are planning a coordinated fire day on August 10. The warning was also printed in the local press in Novo Progresso. In an interview with the Folha do Progresso portal, the landowner who blatantly mobilized jungle burning said that the goal was "to express support to President Bolsonar ... we must show the president that we want to work and that the only way is to destroy (jungle)." And the space can only be cleaned with fire... "

Data from the National Research Institute showed a significant increase in fires after 10 August, especially in the Novo Progresso and Altamira areas, which are easily accessible on the BR-163, an advantage for deforestation and business. According to the Institute, 124 new deposits of fire and 203 deposits the following day were registered during 10 August, an increase of about 300%. In the Altamira region, satellites detected 194 new fires on August 10, 237 fires the following day, an increase of an incredible 743%. The active participation of the so-called "productive sector" and the involvement of the government in committing environmental crime is evident.

State position

It cannot be denied that the state (at all levels) endorses the destructive conduct of capital. Coordenação Anarquista Brasileira (CAB) systematically criticizes the functioning of the state in favor of business.

Despite what is publicly proclaimed, state institutions in the region are under-represented. During 2012-2019, all mechanisms were dismantled, fought to protect indigenous peoples and the environment. It began during the reign of Dilma Rousseff by passing a new forest law, whose greatest promoter Aldo Rebelo is a representative of the state-forming left (first the Communist Party, today the Social Democracy). Later he came up with a reform of the Mining Act, which opened up to now protected indigenous mining areas. This was already under the reign of centrist Michel Temer. Finally, the complete dismantling of environmental protection laws came from the Minister of the Environment Ricardo Salles, under the baton of conservative Jair Bolsonar. These novels prevent any self-determination and recognition of the territories of indigenous peoples and half-breeds.

We can say that a shootout between a French and a Brazilian statesman merely expresses disagreement within the ruling class and the bourgeoisie on the issue of the environment and the geopolitical position on our continent. On the one hand, we have a dull reactionary government based on Bolsonar's ties to agribusiness. On the other hand, the international industrial and financial bourgeoisie, with its neoliberal "green capitalism" discourse, whose sole purpose is to create the conditions for the privatization of the Amazon.

In addition, European powers are added to consolidate their sphere of influence in an intense global trade dispute that views Latin America and local partners as the backyard of imperial interests. The related statement on "defending our sovereignty", sounding from the mouths of military bosses and ministers, is a pretense of outrage at international arrogance. The only "sovereignty" that Bolsonar's Cabinet and his footmen want is the freedom to sear and burn the region's natural resources and to provide commodities to the great boss, the United States government. Bolsonar's "sovereignty" lies only in another form of imperialism, which allows his handles to be burned and privatized to the detriment of rural and urban workers. Neither party offers ordinary people a solution.

Choose your side

CAB fights this perverse policy against our people and calls for the jungle voice to be strengthened alongside the people of the Ka'apor tribe of Maranhao, who says that "The jungle is our mother. This territory is our home. It is our life. We will defend it! "We stand alongside the rubber workers who have developed effective tactics to stop the expansion of agribusiness in the jungle since the murder of unionist Chico Mendes in the state of Acre. We sympathize with the people of the Cajueiro tribe of Maranhão, who were brutally displaced from their ancestral heritage this August due to the mad economic development of Flávia Dina. We unreservedly support the self-determination of the Munduruku people of West Para. We sail on the Capim River in Abaetetuba de Pará and fight the construction of waterways for large grain producers and mainly soybeans. We are convinced,

We take the heart of the teachings of the geographer Élisée Recluse, who said that humanity is a self-aware nature. Nature has its rights and as such it should be respected and protected. This will not ensure the powers of the G7 with its billion-dollar imperial package. Only through the self-organization of the Amazonian people, through the building and administration of our territory, horizontal and autonomous politics and strong social ties. In this way, we can stop the ongoing destruction of the region, while at the same time abandoning landlords and opportunist colonists.

Long live the jungle settlements!
Down with Bolsonar and his murderous state!
Down with Macron and his green capitalism!
For a free Amazon, torn from the clutches of capitalism and the state!

Coordenação Anarquista Brasileira


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