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Repudiating the coup in Brazil

The Council for Popular Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (CEAAL) rejects and repudiates the coup in Brazil, which has violated democracy and the legitimate rights of its people.

The Council for Popular Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (CEAAL) rejects and repudiates the coup in Brazil, which has violated democracy and the legitimate rights of its people.

This onslaught is another example of the “conservative renewal” in our continent looking to have more power to strengthen capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy, to further strengthen all kinds of exclusion and discrimination, which is the basis of their power.
The international press, lawyers from around the world, social movements, intellectuals, have pointed out that the impeachment process is biased and illegal, because President Dilma Rousseff has not committed any crime. We express our solidarity with Dilma, a feisty woman.

At this moment of indignation and repudiation, popular educators are reminded of the words of our dear Paulo Freire who said: “The need to divide in order to facilitate maintenance of the oppressive state is manifested in all actions of the dominant class”.

This is present in Parliament, with an unpatriotic majority that has placed its economic and class interests above others, and has turned its back on its people, ethics, morality, justice and democracy.

The analysis by popular educators at CEAAL is that we are in a context of many difficulties which should not lead us to pessimism; as followers of Freire, today more than ever we must maintain hope and a greater coordination to generate and deepen processes that allow us to seize all opportunities and possibilities for change in the region. As we have stated at CEAAL, it is about resuming the core idea that Jose Carlos Mariategui takes from Jose Vasconcelos (which is also found in Antonio Gramsci): “Pessimism of reality, optimism of the action (or ideal)” “pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will”. That is, recognizing that adversity is predominant in the analysis of reality, we must favor free and voluntary action to transform it. The predominance of adversity does not mean that it exhausts reality.

It is imperative to strengthen a great movement of popular educators in the region and join the struggles that occur in the beloved Brazil, because they are not alone.

Brothers and sisters of Brazil: standing by you we will fight to restore democracy in Brazil, because this fight is ours.

Signature: Council for Popular Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (CEAAL for its acronym in Spanish)