[The statement by the Revolutionary Front for the Defense of the People – Brazil (Frente Revolucionária de Defesa dos Direitos do Povo – Brasil), has now been translated into English. It provides important background on the current rebellion, as well as clarifying the revolutionary program and strategy to move forward. — Frontlines ed.]
Proletarians and oppressed peoples of the world, unite!
“The law of the people is to fight, fail, fight again, fail again, fight again until victory!” — Chairman Mao Tsetung
Massive protests explode across the country and a spontaneous mass movement of hundreds of thousands takes the center of large cities and spreads everywhere, shaking and panicking all the old order. A new phase of the developments of the revolutionary situation is seen in protest and rebellion!Major storms are approaching.
The final straw was the brutal repression of the just and peaceful demonstration against the increase of the bus fares in the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The outrage spread across the country and released popular anger no longer stifled by decades of political demagoguery and constant barrage of misleading government propaganda of a Brazil of great progress and improvement. When even television networks, radio and newspapers trumpeted the popularity of President Dilma as the one bringing full employment, creation of a new middle class, the development of the country with a sound economy against the global crisis that sinks the world’s largest economies – this suddenly exploded with the upheavals that arose as a tsunami.
Amid the deep and prolonged general crisis of the imperialist system that causes suffering worldwide, hitting hard working masses with mass unemployment, making brutal cuts in hard-won rights, pushing them to the streets by the millions, in a desperate fight for survival and resistance, repression launched by the capitalist governments in client countries has been unrelenting.
As a direct result of the contradictions and weaknesses of the economy of our country, dominated and plundered by imperialism, the popular revolt is the release of decades of screams stifled by the ‘eternal’ deception of fraudulent elections and false left demagoguery (PT/Workers Party; PSB/Brazilian Socialist Party; PCdoB/Communist Party of Brazil, etc). What happened? A snap broke the charm of a truth found to be a lie repeated a thousand times, and backfired, no longer the social anesthetic of bread and circuses.
A cry of outrage echoed through the air
Starting from the youth who were less numbed by all this brainwashing. The uprising of youth against the odious police broke through the earthen walls of official pretense, the popular revolt that broke through the suppression of dissatisfaction with all this order of exploitation, inequality, and political privileges of the rich, abusive authorities, widespread corruption, crime and insecurity, precarious public health, education and transportation, subservience of rulers to capital and foreign agencies (such as the current ‘state of exception’ decreed to serve FIFA), the massacres in the poor slums, and the massacres of peasants and indigenous struggle for land.
Against the old state and its managers and anti-people misleaders
The popular explosion brought to the surface the dissatisfaction with every order of exploitation, abuse and police violence in everyday life of the people. Low wages and rights courts, the dictatorship of the gouging taxes on workers while the national budget favors the banks and the rich at the expense of public health services, education and public transport that are true garbage. The excesses and corruption, works spending billions and overpriced to favor mafias contractors and election finance, the spree of public money to banks and transnational corporations and public debt which amounts to 3 trillion dollars. The indignation and revolt are against this system of exploitation and its old state, its institutions and its rotten and immoral rulers–lying, cynical, corrupt and betrayers of Brazilian people.
A system of exploitation and repression
The system we live in is the old exploiting classes and their state that for centuries oppress and keep the people in poverty, delivering the wealth of our country to foreign powers. System privileges of the rich and absolute injustice, deceit and genocide of the poor. And the greatest proof of this was the arrival of the PT in the federal government, that of ‘radical workers advocates’ who became the newest hangman. To keep the imperialist world system dominating the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America, such as Brazil, which are enslaved to serve all the interests of foreign powers and their monopolistic corporations and do what they are told. For it was so constituted and structured as the Brazilian state, dictatorship of the big bourgeoisie and landlords, to bring our people and our homeland to submission.
But these old ruling classes, subordinate to imperialism, could not always dominate in any manner and way- though, in its history, they swung between moments of openly fascist regimes (New State of Getulio Vargas; Regime of Eurico Gaspar Dutra; Military Regime 64, etc.) and regimes “demo-liberal” (JK/Juscelino Kubitschek; Joao Goulart; Jose Sarney; Fernando Collor; FHC/Fernando Henrique Cardoso; Lula /Dilma Roussef, etc.). In recent decades, they need to trick the people by serving up a governmen system of “democracy” or “democratic State of right”, they call it, although the electoral process is phony and corrupt and and the bureaucratic institutions are given “dignified” names of executive, legislative and judicial.
In fact, this state is a machine for subjecting the people to accept this system of exploitation, spreading the illusion that it is the people who elect their representatives. A machine to extort and rob the people with taxes to fill the coffers of the bankers and tycoons local and international, to deliver the natural wealth of the country to foreign powers and to suppress the people who defend their rights and fight the corruption and submission to imperial powers.
We currently live under the propaganda that the country’s democracy is consolidated and there is a full “democratic State of right”, that only problem is that people elect corrupt politicians. This is the lie that the people to blame for the corruption and underhandedness of the rulers. Opposite the popular rejection of the political-electoral scam system, defenders of the system say all that’s needed is urgent political reform to improve the functioning and root out corruption. However, in the last 20 years in every election, where voting is compulsory, tens of millions of citizens, one-third of the electorate, have rejected this and boycotted the electoral farce by not attending the vote, or by voting null or blank.
For the fact is that we confront many lies, and more and more violence against the people. What we have seen these days? Any popular demonstration in defense of the most basic rights, such as protesting increased bus fares, is ruthlessly suppressed. The police apparatus, is no longer content with beating people with batons, tear gas and pepper spray and shooting rubber bullets – now the order is shoot to kill. The police has never killed so many poor people in the city and countryside. The killing of poor youth has become routine. For that people are rising in angry protests and now all that popular fury has exploded across the country.
A just moral revulsion to the rotten political parties and their thugs and repulsive scoundrels
Therefore, in this system that we live in, to participate in elections, to vote for one party or another, or one or another candidate, is to give our endorsement to all the rot that is official policy. Voting is legitimizing this old state and its bourgeois democratic system of exploitation, oppression, poverty, violence and corruption. Voting is legitimizing this current situation. This bureaucratic-bourgeois democracy is false, narrow, hypocritical and corrupt. The millionaires propaganda say that the vote is the power of the people to decide on their future – Lie, this is pure cynicism and deception! The truth is that the people are forced to vote, from time to time only to elect who will decide against their rights.
All these parties which have been elected during the last decades (PDS, PMDB, PFL, PSDB, PT/PSB/PST/PCdoB), from the “right” and those who call themselves the center and ‘left’ they are all cut from the same cloth. They have different party acronyms, these billionaires and leeches goading people with old “bourgeois democracy” and its parliamentary cretinism. Acronyms, that they debate among themselves with the largesse from the public treasury, but they are united by the same program to serve capital. They are all, each in their own way, to serve the interests of the big bourgeoisie, landlords and imperialism. With all these parties and nothing has changed in the country, only the faces and ways to cheat the people. But for the people, there is nothing but crumbs and handouts.
The fight did not start now: Even before the latest attacks, the people never stopped fighting
The official propaganda of governments and unofficial bourgeois press never stopped saying that everything was going splendidly in the country. That the economy was sound, there was full employment, poverty is nearly gone, and soon would the majority of the population will already be middle class. But underneath all this propaganda the bitter reality of the country and the people is quite different. The facts are stubborn. The prices of food, medicine and other basic necessities have never stopped rising, inflation erodes the popular economy, and the absurd interest rates remain the highest in the world. Unemployment depresses millions, especially the young, and the false “land reform” government is yet another scam and deception to the people of the countryside.
Diseases which were once eliminated, return, and others, such as dengue, are spread in waves of epidemics, killing hundreds of children and adults across the country. The educational system has compressed salaries of teachers, as the health system, civil servants and workers have also faced. The spread of easy credit has only been one more illusion to deceive and impose brutal indebtedness on the people, to hide the fragility of an economy producing commodities for export, completely subservient to foreign powers and dependent on imported capital and technology.
But the workers, public servants, teachers, students and peasants, under the systematic and orchestrated campaign of criminalization and repressive arrests and murders, and facing the direction of their own corrupt unions co-opted by government, have never stopped fighting, and strikes and land seizures have spread throughout the country.
In all parts of the country echoes the cry of jail for the torturers of the military regime! Students from across the country went on strike and occupied the rectories of universities demanding an end to the dismal plans of the government called REUNI / PROUNI and in defense of free public education in schools and universities. Workers, teachers and civil servants held strikes over wages and better working conditions. In large constructions of PAC/Growth Acceleration Program (a program of Brazilian government); of the Jirau Hydroeletric power plant, and of Santo Antônio Hydroeletric (both on the Madeira River, in the state of Rondonia, North of Brazil); of the Belo Monte Hydroeletric Project (on the Amazon major tributary, the River Xingu, in the state of Para, North of Brazil); of the SUAPE Port (a Brazilian International port located in the city of Ipojuca, state of Pernambuco, Northest of Brazil), the workers rose up in revolt, stopped work, set fire to the house and revealed the slave labor conditions to which they are subjected.
In the field “land reform” the government does nothing more than repress the peasants and support the landowners. Only through the Agrarian Revolution, taking into their own hands in an organized confiscation of the landed estates, the peasants are conquering the land to work and produce and win their freedom.
And now that the masses of the cities explode in riots and could not be crushed with police repression which was strongly repelled by the combatant youth – the poisonous media now orchestrates their psychological warfare against the people. All this media is monopolized by the enemy of the people. As they twist the images and messages of resistence, they only reveal their fear, that all reactionaries tremble!
This scoundrel government continues to do abusive vandalism against the people
The streets demonstrate once again that the people, to ensure their interests, have to impose them by massive and combative force. The authorities and the press who attacked, discredited and criminalized the first protests, (just as they have done for years against popular struggles in order to crush them), and haunted and cornered by its explosive growth, now pose as the champions of freedom and democracy in defense of peaceful demonstrations and hypocritically coax that “the radicals are only a minority of vandals”. They try to frighten and intimidate the protesters. They try to manipulate the public opinion with the TV Globo always to the ahead of this practice . In their fear of public anger, they now try and reap tame protests.
The people are attacking their enemies, yes, the offices of governments and legislatures (dens of corruption and excesses), banks (leeches of the people and the nation) and forcefully rejecting the attacks of genocidal police troops. The episodes of looting by profiteers and criminals transformed by this terrorizing press is only part of the sad reality created by the same anti-social system that we want to bring down. Vandalism is the same criminal activity as that bastard who kills people in hospital queues, who starves the people, as the murderous police who shoot and kill, who incessantly plundered the nation’s coffers and not gave even school lunches to the children of the poor, handing the riches of the country’s natural resources abroad, which sells the sovereignty and honor of the country to imperialist marauders and even these “sports” mafias as FIFA.
To build the new one must destroy the old
This is the struggle of peasants, workers, students, workers, intellectuals, indigenous and small trademen and producers, we are the majority and are millions! We fight this old rotten State represented today by the Brazilian government’s PT / PSB / PMDB / PCdoB / PDT and its support base, which commits all kinds of daily outrages and crimes against our people. A fascist state that needs to be dropped altogether and only a Great Democratic Revolution can destroy it and build another in its place new and different, the State of New Democracy’s revolutionary united front, based on the worker-peasant alliance along with all the exploited and oppressed.
Every struggle and popular democratic revolutionary struggles should raise the defense of the rights of the people by:
-General increase of wages to meet the cost of living;
-Security and public retirement and integrals;
-Cheap public transport, decent health and education;
-Against violence against women, equal rights and the decriminalization of abortion;
Punishment for criminals of the Military Regime, instigators and executors (civilian and military) of torture, killings and forced disappearances;
-End of the servile, menial work in agribusiness plantations, the PAC and nationwide;
-Recognition and immediate demarcation of the territories of Indigenous Peoples and Communities remaining Quilombo;
-Land for those who occupy and work it;
-Stop the miners and their plundering of natural resources and environmental degradation;
-Stop the bleeding of public resources given to banks and transnational;
However we must emphasize that our main claim is the Power.
Organizing people to make revolution!
The question of democracy in fact, in other words, is the establishment of a genuine Democratic Republic, was never fully resolved in Brazil. Exploiting local ruling classes and their imperialist masters fear the existence of a true democracy because that would mean the end of their domain and its operation. But the class contradictions and the people’s aspirations for democracy are large, imposing on the people and country this travesty of democracy with dirty and corrupt elections and dragging the opportunist parties to legitimize them. And every time the masses rise up they send repression with one hand and with the other make the bla-bla-bla “dialogue”, the “negotiations”, the “peace” of submission, the denunciation of the “violence” and the “vandalism” of the exploited and oppressed. To make the change complete, the people have to take power and defeat your enemies!
Brazil’s problems are structural and secular; the solutions require radical and profound changes that only the bold and permanent mobilization of the masses around a revolutionary program can accomplish. Only an uninterrupted Great Democratic Socialist Revolution can eradicate such exploitation, poverty, injustice and violence against the working people. Do away wih this old state machinery of corruption and oppression without delay, and stop the plunder by imperialism!
The people can and will destroy this old power piece by piece, demolishing part by part. If today people are able to mobilize hundreds of thousands in demonstrations, which are large mobilizations, and learning, little by little we can build solid organizations in workplaces and neighborhoods, unite with the masses of poor peasants and the landless with little land who are fighting tenacious struggle to bring forward the agrarian revolution, to destroy landlordism inch by inch, to do justice, to liberate the productive forces of the field, to produce and create the new revolutionary power.
The Great Democratic Revolution urges that in our country can only win through a long process, because our enemies are still strong, they are defended by police and armed forces, supported by this bourgeois press and parties that monopolized the old order and have the support of the imperialist powers, especially U.S. imperialism. The people are unable to bring down our enemies with a single blow, in a few months or days, even less from night to day. It is necessary to go to a protracted struggle building the essential tools of the revolution, embryos of the new power and new people’s state: the true Revolutionary Party of the Proletariat, the Guerrilla Army and the Revolutionary United Front. Clandestine revolutionary organizations, the Revolutionary Party is not to ask for votes and priming deputies to rot in this sty with comfortable armchairs which is bourgeois parliament, but built in the fire of class struggle to master and apply science and class ideology, Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, and firmly guide the masses. The People’s Guerrilla Army to do the people’s war to overthrow the enemy power and establish the new power in New Democracy. The Revolutionary United Front to unify the revolutionary classes in the same Program Transformations political-economic-social and cultural rights, to support the people’s war, surround the enemy and defeat him.
The democratic revolution — agrarian-feudal and anti-imperialist — confiscates all the lands of the landlords, the whole bureaucratic capitalists (the big bourgeoisie) and all transnational capital (imperialism), nationalizing these great properties and concentrating them in the hands of the new state People who apply everything to the establishment of a new economy, self-centered and self-sustaining, for the general welfare of the people and the progress and independence of the nation. A revolution is unleashed with the agrarian revolution, to destroy landlordism, give the land to the landless and poor peasants with little land and ending the semi-feudal relations that materially crush the peasantry and hinder the overall progress of the people and the nation.
Down the fascist state and its managers anti people and servants of imperialism!
Long Live the New Democratic Revolution!
Long Live the People’s Revolutionary Struggle!
Revolutionary Front for the Defense of the People – Brazil
Frente Revolucionária de Defesa dos Direitos do Povo – Brasil