An event defending Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and against Temer’s coup-government will take place on the 13 September to remember the importance of democracy and social progress in Brazil.
Two years have passed since the removal of the president Dilma Rousseff. On 31 August 2016, Michel Temer took office and since forming his government, he has turned Brazil from a rising nation into a democratically weakened US puppet state.
According to the opposition, this president has left his citizens in a state of anger, as their social rights are constantly denied and protests are repressed with violence.
In May 2018, Sao Paulo, the largest South American city, was in a state of emergency due to fuel shortages and markets started running out of food.
The state’s response after five days of strikes was to deploy the army and federal police to clear the highways.
Brazil’s problem is not just Temer. It is also what many have described as a great injustice: at this moment, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former president and candidate for the Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers’ Party), is in prison
According to his followers and supporters, this is due to the “low fair” strategy, which is used to overthrow all progressive governments in the region, according to the Lula da Silva’s supporters.
With all this in mind, the organisations Labour Friends of Progressive Latin America, and Coup in Brazil are organising the event “Brazil: Stand up for democracy & social progress – stand with Lula”. The event will see the participation of special guests and the screening of different films on defending the right to social progress. Speakers include Richard Burgon MP, Julia Felmanas (Brazilian Workers’ Party) and Stephen Russell (TUC).
This event is particularly informative, as the start of Temer’s government has seen 12 changes that have significantly eroded social justice in Brazil. Such changes include a new Labour Law Reform that denies workers all the benefits they had enjoyed since 1930.
Moreover, Temer established the first all-white male cabinet since the military dictatorship and lowered the minimum wage from R$969 to R$954 per month. Other important changes have been the dismantlement of poverty eradication programs in the semi-arid northeast region, the removal of 1.2 million poor families from the Bolsa Familia welfare system and a massive petroleum hand-off to western multinationals.
Date and venue: Thursday 13 September 2018 from 18:30 to 20:30, at Unite the Union, 128 Theobalds Road, WC1X 8TN, London.