[Marxism] Brazil: First action against the injustices of the World Cup

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[de]> First action against the injustices of the World CupPor: Fernanda

06 Feb 2014 | Last January 25 was marked, in several capital cities, by the
first actions against the injustices related to the Soccer World Cup, among
which, São Paulo, that had more than three thousand participants, ended
with police repression, hundreds of people locked up and wounded, and the
attempted assassination of a demonstrator by the (...)[image: First action
against the injustices of the World Cup]

*By Fernanda Montagner, a militant of Youth to the Streets and a
coordinator of the Humanities Students Center of the University of Campinas

Last January 25 was marked, in several capital cities, by the first actions
against the injustices related to the Soccer World Cup, among which, São
Paulo, that had more than three thousand participants, ended with police
repression, hundreds of people locked up and wounded, and the attempted
assassination of a demonstrator by the police.

These actions show a continuity with the struggles of the young people,
that were brought together during the days of June and that feel most
sensitive, facing the enormous expenditures of public money, while they
experience precariousness and the lack of access to education,
transportation, housing, which can be a spark that sets off a scene of new
demonstrations in the streets, what the bourgeoisie fears most. Since the
beginning of the year, with the "rolezinhos," the young people of the black
periphery have seized the shopping centers, laying down a pattern for the
national discussion about exclusion of the black population, which forced
President Dilma to show her fear that this phenomenon would assume
proportions like those of June.

Facing the approach of the elections and of the World Cup, the PT federal
government needs to silence possible movements of the young people and of
the workers, and, in order to avoid a new erosion of the government, it has
been creating an entire discourse that sets out that those who are against
the World Cup, are making things easier for the right wing, while it is
launching a "#vaitercopa" movement, that seeks to legitimize the event. At
the same time, it is being pressured by the FIFA, that has already declared
its apprehension relative to the continuity of the Cup and "has demanded
from Brazil measures so that the situation will be controlled up to the
World Cup" (esporte/terra, January 26). "Control" that means a lot of
repression by the governments and their police forces.

*"I can do without the World Cup; nationalization of stadiums, the subway
and buses!"*

In São Paulo, we of Youth to the Streets, together with subway workers,
bank clerks, teachers, and high school students, formed a single bloc by
raising a program that engages in a dialogue with the outrage of the
population facing the uncertainty of the public services, in comparison
with the expenses of the World Cup, to which they will not have access, by
taking up again the main demand from June, which was transportation,
setting out the need for nationalization of public transportation, under
workers' management and control by the users. In addition to being about
one of main demands of the population that not only loses hours inside
uncertain transportation, crowded together and with people's lives at risk,
but they also use up a big part of their wages, with the high price of the
tickets; it is the only program that guarantees quality transportation for
the entire population, where it is viable to think about the forms of
transportation free of charge, without that meaning the enrichment of the
big capitalist ruling cliques, as is currently happening.

The bloc also gave an account of the most recent national scandals: the
murder of the youth Kaique, a black homosexual from the outskirts; a victim
of homophobia, he was not forgotten after a year in which homophobic
violence increased by 11%; we shouted, "Kaique, I am going to fight; the
state will pay for your death!" Together with the black young people of the
"rolezinhos," we also demanded spaces for relaxation, culture and sports,
in opposition to the government's and the bosses' World Cup. The bloc also,
as one of the main lessons of June, raised the necessity of forging
revolutionary wings of the young people, and inside the student movement,
that will see the alliance with the working class: "A revolutionary
alliance is that of the youth with the working class!"

*Once more, brutal repression*

However, it was another action that did not even manage to reach its end,
as a first general rehearsal for the World Cup; the police harshly
repressed the demonstration; they chased the demonstrators, with cases of
outrage taking place, physical assault of those arrested, mainly young
people from the outskirts, and, in an example of action of the bloodthirsty
police, the attempted murder of Fabricio, a youth of 22, who received two
gunshot wounds in the chest and one in the groin. Meanwhile, the media and
the governments are carrying out a reactionary campaign, attempting to
stigmatize the actions as those of "vandals" and "those out of control,"
that destroy the public space, in an attempt to set the population against
them, to hide the fact that the real "violent vandals" are in the
government that runs the most murderous police force on earth. It is not
accidental that Dilma created a special security troop of ten thousand men
from the National Force, to repress the actions during the World Cup.

Since June, the police forces have been exhausting themselves, facing the
population, before every new case of murders, tortures, like that of the
construction worker Amarildo, that became a national cause, "Where is
Amarildo?" This month, it is repeated with the homophobic murder of Kaike,
that the police are trying to cover up, with police violence against young
people of color in the "rolezinhos," not to mention the series of reports
of slaughters on the outskirts, that do not occur without the population

During the action and in all our interventions, we have put ourselves in
the places of work and study, denouncing the murderous police, in
solidarity with Fabricio and with all the families and young people that
were repressed and murdered by this institution that only serves to
repress. As part of the campaign against repression that we have been
promoting, we are fighting for the democratic freedom of demonstration, for
punishing those responsible for and those who carried out this brutal
police repression, and for ending this reactionary institution, an heir of
the military dictatorship: No more slaughters, murderous police, get out!

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