Nao Al Golpe! No to the Coup in Brazil!
Posted on Fri, 05/20/2016 - 5:45pm
“The coup is not only against the Dilma government, but against the majority of the Brazilian people. The coup may intensify the withdrawal of the historically won rights and start a conservative and fascist process against the poor, Black communities, Indigenous Peoples, the landless, LGBT community members, youth and women. So for that reason we are on the frontline against this process and at the same time, the struggle for land, for agrarian reform, and the structural reforms that will benefit the people.”
- Kelli Malfort, Movimento Trabalhaores Sem Terra (MST), Brazil
Our social movement allies have been filling the streets of Brazil for the last few months in protest of the parliamentary coup, approved by the Senate on May 12, that has removed democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff and appointed the rightwing Michel Temer as interim president. Major corporations, the Brazilian elite, judicial institutions and the media are all backing what our Brazilian allies are calling an illegitimate and anti-democratic institutional coup.
In his first days in office, Temer installed a reactionary, all white and all male cabinet, tainted by corruption scandals. He shut down the Ministries of Culture, Women, Racial Equality, Human Rights, Agricultural Development and Science and Technology, and has embarked on a full scale attack on Brazil’s social advancements and safety net.
The coup has been condemned by all of our grassroots allies in Brazil, including the Landless Worker’s Movement (MST), the World March of Women (MMM), the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB), the Unified Workers’ Central (CUT) and the Popular Peasant Movement (MCP). Young Black protesters staged a Black Power salute in front of the São Paulo Federation of Industries (FIESP), protesting its support for coup government, police used pepper spray and batons on students protesting cuts to education funding, and women have been taking to the streets banging pots and pans in oppposition to Temer’s sexist coup government.
Artists, workers, Afro-Brazilian communities and women’s movements, like the World March of Women, say a resounding NO to this coup and are making an international call to action to oppose the coup and the illegitimate interim president Temer and support social justice movements in one of the world’s poorest and socially stratified countries. GGJ supports the movements on the ground and call on our member organizations and supporters to call out the US government’s ongoing interference in Brazil.
As we hear more about opportunities for solidarity and calls to action, we will keep you posted.
Não ao Golpe! 1964 Nunca Mais! Temer out!
Helpful articles and analysis:
- Glenn Greenwald on the roots of the Brazilian Coup
- The Nation: Brazil's right wing coup government
- Telesur: Black Power Against the Coup
- Guaridan UK Editorial: Tragedy and Scandal
- Photos from social movement uprisings
Statements from our Allies in Brazil:
- MST: "Now its time for permanent mobilization."
- MAB: 5 Reasons to Fight the Coup
- Jubileo sur Americas statement
- World March of Women Against the Coup in Brazil