Brazil: Popular Organizations Building a Campaign…Against the Elections

‘Do not Vote! Down with the electoral farce!’

 

ANovaDemocraciaYear XIII, No. 138, 2nd half of September 2014

 RAFAEL GOMES PENELAS

In recent weeks, popular organizations organized numerous activities for rejection of the 2014 electoral farce.  With pamphlets, public events, debates, graffiti and collage poster campaigns to boycott the elections, activists took to the streets of many capitals and cities of the interior of Brazil. In the first two weeks of September, A Nova Democracia received several photos, videos and stories of some of these initiatives.

RIO DE JANEIRO

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Morro Hat Mangueira, Rio

The Independent (FIP-RJ) Popular Front, which brings together various organizations of struggle, led the campaign in the state capital. From late August until mid-September, pamphlets were distributed in several cities in Central Brazil. About 8000 pamphlets were distributed at the entrances to the main train station in Rio. Some of these upheavals were accompanied by a large banner of the Revolutionary Front for the Defence of the People (FRDDP) proclaiming the right to  “Do not vote! Down with the electoral farce! ‘.

The Independent (FIP-RJ) Popular Front, which brings together various organizations of struggle, led the campaign in the state capital. From late August until mid-September, pamphlets were distributed in several cities in Central Brazil. About 8000 pamphlets were distributed at the entrances to the main train station in Rio. Some of these upheavals were accompanied by a large banner of the Revolutionary Front for the Defence of the People (FRDDP) proclaiming the right to  “Do not vote! Down with the electoral farce! ‘.

Also on September 7, the ‘Act Against State Terrorism Yesterday and Today’, held during the military parade and repressed by the police, pamphlets were published urging the boycott.

We believe that election is not the medium that changes the society, as stated in our brochure. Election after election, the people are forced to “elect” who will be the puppet of businessmen and landowners for four more years. Regardless of who wins the election circus, we should prepare for more fighting against the criminalization of popular movements and not keep illusions with the state. We passed the Cardoso years and now we already have more than ten years in the PT government. Since then, state terrorism has continued and increased visibly, especially against fighters of the people. ! They are peas in a pod – said an activist, who concluded: “We are here today to demand punishment for the perpetrators of the military regime and to expose this false democracy today, that continues to repress the poor people.”

For so many police dressed like robot to follow a group of people who are just making a protest? This here is democracy or not? – Questioned an elderly woman who watched the parade.

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Rio

On September 14, the FIP-RJ held in Morro Hat Mangueira, South Zone, Feijoada ‘Do not Vote! Fight for the revolution ‘.

On September 14, the FIP-RJ held in Morro Hat Mangueira, South Zone, Feijoada ‘Do not Vote! Fight for the revolution ‘.

Besides the meal made ​​by a community resident, gifts also participated in a debate on the electoral farce, which the newspaperThe New Democracy was invited to participate with the Women’s Popular Movement (MFP), the Internationalist Front of the Homeless (FIST), the Committee of Parents and Relatives of Political Prisoners, the Residents Association.

At the beginning of the activity, when the feijoada was being served, soldiers Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) tried to prevent the event claiming that “residents complained of loud sound.” A clear attempt at intimidation because it is an event of a political nature and because of the sound being low. But feijoada was uneventful and there was an atmosphere of fellowship.

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Rio

Across the city, graffiti were made and pasted posters and stickers with the words’ Election not! Revolution yes! ‘,’ Do not Vote!Fight for the revolution! ‘,’ Election is farce! ‘ etc.

A number of activities are scheduled to occur until October 5, as a debate organized by the Collective Dare Fight in IFCS UFRJ, in 25/9, with the theme ‘Why boycott the elections?’.

SAO PAULO

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Sao Paulo

On September 13, activists of the Front Vote For Null and the Independent Popular Front (FIP-SP) performed the Act Against Electoral Farce in the center of the capital. With banners, flags and slogans, the protesters focused in front of the Municipal Theater and went on vigorously in the streets. A lot of soldiers in riot gear surrounded the act of PM, but did not deter those present, who clearly had popular support.

In many parts of the city a huge amount of posters were pasted both of the ‘Do not Vote’ campaign, as the ‘Null Vote’ campaign. In pamphlets held in the central region, activists FIP-SP did ‘easels’ against the electoral farce.

A Network of Communities of the Far South of São Paulo has released photos of murals with snippets of popular songs against politicians who appear every two years to ask for votes and disappear after the elections. On September 15, was the shared image of a graffiti occupation Garden Union with the warning ‘Territory Free of politicians’.

In Ribeirão Preto, in the state, the Committee to Boycott Election Farce was added to the campaign and made intensive propaganda activity, even gaining impact in the local press.

A new ‘Act Against Electoral Farce and the Suppression of the state’ was scheduled for 23 Sept. with a concentration in Rider Square in the capital. The agenda against repression was included due to the events of September 16 when the PM attacked hundreds of families who occupied a building on Avenida São João.

BOYCOTT NATIONWIDE

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Brasíli

In Brasilia, the militant Popular Revolutionary Student Movement (MEPR) sent pictures of graffiti on the streets of the federal capital.

Already in Belo Horizonte (MG), activists of that movement were a flurry at the entrance of the cafeteria UFMG on September 10, when the private security guards tried to stop and took the megaphone to the strength of the students. Promptly, the people who saw the fact were providing support. The guards returned the megaphone, but continued coercing activists. On 18/9, the MEPR held a debate with the theme ‘Vote: yes or no?’ the Faculty of Education at UFMG.

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Camaçari, Bahia

The Holy Spirit the Committee to Combat Electoral Farce and the metropolitan region of Recife, Pernambuco was created, the Collective bagasse and the Independent Popular Front (FIP Praieira) did graffiti and pamphlets. In Camaçari, Bahia, Block ‘Re-Existence’ also made an act in 7/9.

On Facebook, see numerous records sent by readers and contributors from all over Brazil that can be seen in facebook.com/jornalanovademocracia link.

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Recife

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Rio

 

 

 

 

 

 

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