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Brazilian civil society statement on democracy in the country

We are convinced that the backwards process in course is due to the arrangements implemented through social inclusion policies for women, black people, the youth, rural and urban workers, rural and urban popular movements, traditional gipsy, native, African, and quilombola communities, LGBTT movements and so many others historically invisible and at the margin of the Brazilian State’s policies.

The Brazilian national NGO platform and member of IFP, Abong, has released a public statement on its position regarding the political situation in Brazil.  This statement follows the Senate’s vote on 31 August that the impeachment of elected president Dilma Rousseff, regarded as a media-judiciary-parliamentary coup.

The letter was formulated at the “VI Encontro Sulbrasileiro de Organizações eMovimentos Sociais” (6t Southbrazilian Meeting of Organizations and Social Movements), organized by Abong, and translates the view of the association and the organizations and social movements present at the event, as it repudiates the attack on Brazilians’ rights behind Dilma’s deposition.

“The rupture in democracy perpetrated by the elites not only aims at the destitution of a President legitimately elected by 54 million Brazilians, but also attacks conquered rights, and, most importantly, hands over our national wealth to foreign financial capital bending us to our knees in face of world superpowers”, says the text.

Other Abong associates also have positioned themselves in the same direction: Inesc; FaseInstituto Pólis; SOS Corpo; Cendhec.

Read below the full letter.

ON THE MEDIA-JUDICIARY-PARLIAMENTARY COUP IN BRAZIL
Letter of the 6th Southbrazilian Meeting of Organizations and Social Movements

We, workers of the country and city, of organizations and social movements, united at the 6th Southbrazilian meeting in Francisco Beltrão, manifest our indignation and revolt towards the coup against democracy and the removal of rights from the Brazilian people.

The rupture in democracy perpetrated by the elites not only aims at the destitution of a President legitimately elected by 54 million Brazilians, but also attacks conquered rights, and, most importantly, hands over our national wealth to foreign financial capital bending us to our knees in face of world superpowers.

We are convinced that the backwards process in course is due to the arrangements implemented through social inclusion policies for women, black people, the youth, rural and urban workers, rural and urban popular movements, traditional gipsy, native, African, and quilombola communities, LGBTT movements and so many others historically invisible and at the margin of the Brazilian State’s policies.

We reassert that the only path for the Brazilian people is resistance, popular unity and the daily struggle against the loss of rights, for the radicalization of democracy to guarantee national sovereignty. This will only be possible with the unity of popular movements, to strengthen their autonomy in relation to the state and governments, assuring the articulation with other Latin American popular movements, towards the construction of the Popular Project.

RESISTANCE, POPULAR UNITY AND FIGHT!

Francisco Beltrão, August 31st, 2016.

Abong; ABAI; ASPTA; ASSESOAR – PR; CAMP; CAPA Erexim – RS; CAPA; Pelotas – RS; CAPA Verê – PR; CEAAL Brasil; CEAP; CEBI Nacional; CEBI; Canoas/RS; CEFURIA; CETAP; COOCAMP; CRIAS BGV Cooperativa – Pelotas/RS; ECOPAN/Cresol; FETRAF – PR; FLD – Fundação Luterana de Diaconia; FONSANPOTMA – Fundos Solidários de Matriz Africana; Frente Permanente do HipHop – RS; Grupo Formação; IDhES Instituto; INFOCOS; Instituto Parrhesia; MAB - Movimento dos Atingidos pelas Barragens; MTD – Movimento dos Trabalhadores e Trabalhadoras por Direitos; MN – Movimento Negro; MST – Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra; Ong Suve; PAD – Plataforma de Articulação e Diálogo; PRECAVVIDA – PR; RURECO – PR; Sindicato dos Artesões do Rio Grande do Sul; Sindicato dos Trabalhadores Rurais – Francisco Beltrão/PR; Soy Loco Por Ti – Democracia Digital; Terra de Direitos – PR; UBM – União Brasileira de Mulheres – RS; UNICAFES-PR; UNIOESTE; UTF-PR – Pato Branco.

(Letter elaborated on August 31st,2016, at the 6th Southbrazilian Meeting of Organizations and Social Movements promoted by Abong)