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(en) LUTA FOB: FOB MS and FOB DF | National Indigenous Mobilization and IX KUÑANGUE ATY GUASU: Direct Action for Land and Freedom!

Date Fri, 17 Sep 2021 08:29:22 +0300

The following letter was prepared by the FOB-MS nucleus together with SIGA-DF, with the aim of presenting it at the IX Great Assembly of Guarani and Kaiowá Women held in Brasília from September 2nd to 6th. The letter follows the participation of our organization through the Earth and Freedom Block in the Camp for Life and in the different acts against the Temporal Framework that demarcated the largest indigenous mobilization in the country's recent history, followed by the camp and II March of Indigenous Women. ---- We, from the Federation of Revolutionary Trade Union Organizations of Brazil (FOB), salute the members of Kunhangue Aty Guasu and the entire Guarani and Kaiowá people for their historic anti-colonial resistance, built with the strength of chirú , mbaraká and takuapu[1], with the prayers, memories and dreams of the nhanderu and nhandesy, who guide the warriors and warriors for the liberation of the tekoha[2]and good living. We thank Kunhangue Aty Guasu for the space to participate in the national indigenous mobilization, accompanying her delegation, and her assembly at this important moment of struggle against violence and violations of the lives of indigenous women and their territorial bodies. Here we join the voices present in the face of all silencing.

As revolutionary syndicalists, we are guided by the autonomy, combativeness and self-organization of workers for their rights and for the construction of a new world, walking side by side with the peoples of the countryside and cities. We are not and do not have any links with governments, institutions, parties or companies. Our organization believes that solidarity, as an important tool of struggle, is built from the base, through the daily work side by side of the people. We believe that only the people save the people and that is why we join the call of the great uprising for the land and for life that indigenous peoples throughout the country have called.

Through the Earth and Liberty Block, we followed the Levante Pela Vida camp throughout weeks of mobilization and we noticed the Supreme Court playing the latifundium game again, by postponing numerous times and hindering the conclusion of the Temporal Framework judgment, in clear attempted demobilization and delegation of the decision to Congress. The bases of the indigenous peoples, however, in all corners of the country, blocked highways and gave a clear message to the government: the peoples will not bow to the threats of the Temporal Framework and of PL 490/07[3]. This context reinforces the watchwords: it is necessary to advance the retakes and destroy the latifundium , to free the peoples of the countryside, forests and cities from oppression and exploitation.

We understand the Guarani and Kaiowá repossessions as schools of struggle and the importance of occupying the land to bring forth the healthy life that has been murdered by the genocide against our people. For this reason, we will spare no effort to fight shoulder to shoulder in the retakings of the tekoha and tekoha guasu that, one day, we are sure: they will finally be recovered from the clutches of the latifundium.

In this political moment in Brazil, of the advance of Pocket Fascism, the expansion of the exploitation of indigenous territories and the precariousness of the lives of poor-black-indigenous people, we are following in MS the increase in violence against the Nhandesy and Nhanderu[4], the fires in prayer houses, physical and psychological violence against indigenous women, femicide, attacks on repossessions in the midst of a pandemic when people face deep precariousness in the indigenous health sector, hunger, unemployment and the increase of working conditions. We also noticed the advance of land leases for planting agribusiness monocultures, which is part of the same extermination project behind Bills such as the 2007 PL 490 or the Temporal Framework, pitting the people against the people in internal conflicts caused by the karaí - non-indigenous - owners of power.

These violences are part of the capitalist, colonialist, racist and patriarchal world that imposes a violent way of acting in the world and that affects mainly the territorial bodies of indigenous women.

Inspired by the words of Facundo Jones Huala, an important Mapuche warrior, we affirm: The latifundium and exploitation are the source of our misery and the situation of domination. The latifundium seized most of the Guarani and Kaiowá sacred lands and subjected us, as popular majorities and with greater brutality to the indigenous peoples, the condition of exploited for the benefit of the Karaí. Through the recovery of lands and the destruction of the explorer's private property, the Guarani and Kaiowá being will be strengthened, weakening the Karaí economic and political power. Capitalism divides us into classes: on one side the rich, on the other side the people; colonialism for more than 500 years tries to erase our existence, and is directly connected to racism; Patriarchy is the great system of domination and violence against women, which is the basis of all States.

The system we live in, defined by the Guarani and Kaiowá as the capitalist karai reko , cannot be reformed . The time has come to react, to prepare the great indigenous and popular rebellion for the land,so that we can free the whole world from oppression. The fight of the Guarani and Kaiowá is the fight of all freedom fighters. We hope that in this historic moment, everyone rethinks the true history and also the structure of this oppressive and capitalist society that keeps us in misery, which is maintained through the force of repression and torture, because of the police pigs that keep us incarcerated and they look after the interests of the powerful, the rich. During these weeks of mobilization and during the great assembly of women, the Guarani and Kaiowá will teach a history lesson, they will transform this history of oppression that for over 500 years has kept us on the fringes. We are ancient freedom fighters, comrades and comrades. Our victory will only be possible when we join forces in an alliance of rural and urban peoples, among the exploited and oppressed peoples who are now rising up around the world against capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy.

Faced with the imposition of a state of war, our people will not succumb in the sense of being subjected or remaining oppressed, we have the legitimate right to rebellion and defense.

Until victory or death!


BELOW PL 490/07!


[1]Sacred artifacts and instruments of the Guarani and Kaiowá people.

[2]Guarani and Kaiowá ancestral territory.

[3]The Temporal Framework postulates that indigenous peoples would only have the right to land if they were occupying it on October 5, 1988. PL 490/07 changes the way land demarcation is carried out, transforming it into a project through the National Congress, and allows the entry of agribusiness and extractivism in indigenous lands. All these topics were addressed in recent issues of the Bulletin Terra e Liberdade, available on the FOB website: https://lutafob.org/8913/.

[4]Practitioners of the Guarani and Kaiowá people.

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