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(en) Brazil, OSL: 23 Rio militants are acquitted! Long live the popular struggle! (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 5 Apr 2024 09:51:03 +0300

The demonstrations that took to the streets in 2013 and 2014 in Brazil were marked by several demonstrations of direct action and popular combativeness - which cannot be analyzed in a low-level and dishonest way. It was one of the moments in which popular agendas - transportation, combating mega-events, demands for investments in health and education, resistance against removals and evictions, highlighted the widespread dissatisfaction of the oppressed classes in Brazil. As the fight progressed, state repression reached several Brazilian regions and many protesters were arrested and prosecuted. The emblematic case of Rafael Braga, a black recyclable material collector arrested for "carrying" a bottle of disinfectant, exposed the military police's policy of extreme violence, repression and racism during the period. Officially, more than 837 people were injured by police repression (of which 117 were journalists) and 16 people were killed during the protests.

As if all the repression suffered on the streets was not enough, we had cases of invasion of political spaces - as occurred in Rio Grande do Sul, with the entry of the civil police into the headquarters of the Anarchist Federation of Rio Grande do Sul (FAG) -, the persecution and surveillance against militants, pressure psychological attacks against relatives of militants, among other means. In the field of legality, the onslaught promoted for ten years by the state of Rio de Janeiro, when seeking to condemn, through the National Security Law, 23 militants who were involved in the struggles of the period. The tightening of state repression and persecution during the June Days of 2013 removed sectors of the left and popular movements from the streets, creating a political vacuum that opened up space for the action of conservative organizations, which repudiated popular demands.

This Tuesday, the 19th, the last trial regarding the Rio case took place. The OSL was among the organizations present at the event in front of the Rio de Janeiro Court of Justice, where the 23 militants were finally acquitted of the charges brought about by the repression of the demonstrations in June 2013. All popular and revolutionary militancy must never absent from class struggle and solidarity with those persecuted by the capitalist-statist system.

Long live the popular and combative struggle of 2013! May greater combativeness and organization drive new struggles and new achievements!

OSL March 20, 2024

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