An Urgent Appeal: ALBA Social Movements Canada condemns the attacks against Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement

Brazilian military and civilian police have violently attacked and stormed a center for Brazil’s, Landless Workers Movement‘s (MST), their  Florestan Fernandes National School (ENFF) in Guararema, outside of Sao Paulo. Opened in 2005, the ENFF has functioned as an education and resource center for cadre of the Landless Workers Movement. The building itself was built by volunteer work brigades from around the country using sustainable construction techniques such as adobe cement. A documentary about the school’s full history is available here.  

In light of this aggression and the increasing need for solidarity with the people of Brazil in the face of a neoliberal coup I am posting a solidarity statement with the MST from the contingent of ALBA social movements in Canada and affiliated organizations.

Having lived and worked with Brazilians studying overseas since grade school, the people of Brazil hold a special place in my heart. May their resistance be rewarded with victory.

The statement is below in both English and Spanish.

 

Police invade the ENFF school in Brazil

 

ALBA Social Movements Canada condemns the attacks against Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement

Canada – On the morning of November 4th, 2016, Brazilian military and civilian police used violent force to storm Brazil’s, Landless Workers Movement’s (MST) Florestan Fernandes National School (ENFF) in Guararema, outside of Sao Paulo in Brazil. According to several witnesses, the police stormed their way into the facility by forcing their way through the main gate shooting live bullets, and threatening people.

As a founding member of Via Campesina, the MST has worldwide recognition as an important peasant social movement, with a commitment to the protection of rural communities and workers and the struggle for land reform. The Florestan Fernandes school has been committed to building social consciousness and popular unity for over 10 years.  Hundreds of students are currently studying at the ENFF which is administered by the MST to provide political and socioeconomic education to working class youth and adults from around the world.

The act is clearly a violent action taken by the current illegitimate government to intimidate the MST and their allies, who stand in clear opposition to the administration of Michel Temer, who led the parliamentary coup against elected president Dilma Roussef and took control of the government in August of this year. The attack is part of a broader policy of criminalization of social protest and attacks against the MST.

The campaign of terror against the MST has already left its mark on two other states in Brazil: Parana and Mato Grosso do Sul, where civil police arrested members of the MST calling them members of criminal organizations, despite the Supreme Court of Brazil recognizing the MST as a legitimate organization.

We the undersigned organizations and social movements condemn this violent act against the ENFF and the MST, which stands in stark contrast to the democratic and constitutional rights Brazilians have fought to secure. To organize against an oppressive system is not a crime, it is a responsibility. We express our total solidarity with the MST and demand the appropriate investigations be launched to bring the responsible to justice.  We also ask the international community to join us in solidarity with the largest social movement in the Americas.

América Latina al Día
Circulo Bolivariano Louis Riel
Common Frontiers
DeColonize Now
Idle No More
Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network
Solidarity Halifax
Socialist Project
Students united in representation of Latin. America
The Dawn News – International Newsletter of Popular Struggles

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ALBA Movimientos Canadá condena los ataques contra el Movimiento de Trabajadores Sin Tierra de Brasil

Canadá – En la mañana del 4 de noviembre de 2016, el ejército brasileño y la policía civil utilizaron fuerzas violentas para asaltar la Escuela Nacional Florestan Fernandes del Movimiento de los Trabajadores Sin Tierra (MST) en Guararema, fuera de Sao Paulo, Brasil. Según varios testigos, la policía entró en la instalación forzando su paso a través de la puerta principal disparando balas en vivo, y amenazando a la gente.

Como miembro fundador de la Vía Campesina, el MST tiene reconocimiento mundial como un movimiento social campesino importante, con el compromiso de proteger a las comunidades rurales y los trabajadores y la lucha por la reforma agraria. La escuela Florestan Fernandes se ha comprometido a construir la conciencia social y la unidad popular por más de 10 años. Cientos de estudiantes están actualmente estudiando en el ENFF que es administrado por el MST para proporcionar educación política y socioeconómica a la clase trabajadora jóvenes y adultos de todo el mundo.

El acto es claramente una acción violenta del actual gobierno ilegítimo para intimidar al MST y a sus aliados, que se oponen claramente a la administración de Michel Temer, que dirigió el golpe parlamentario contra la presidenta electa Dilma Roussef y tomó el control del gobierno en Agosto de este año. El ataque es parte de una política más amplia de criminalización de las protestas sociales y ataques contra el MST.

La campaña de terror contra el MST ya dejó huella en otros dos estados brasileños: Paraná y Mato Grosso do Sul, donde la policía civil detuvo a miembros del MST llamándolos miembros de organizaciones criminales, a pesar de que el Tribunal Supremo de Brasil reconoció el MST Como una organización legítima.

Las organizaciones y los movimientos sociales abajo firmantes condenamos este violento acto contra el ENFF y el MST, que contrasta fuertemente con los derechos democráticos y constitucionales que los brasileños han luchado para asegurar. Organizar contra un sistema opresivo no es un crimen, es una responsabilidad. Expresamos nuestra total solidaridad con el MST y exigimos que se lleven a cabo las investigaciones apropiadas para llevar a los responsables ante la justicia. También pedimos a la comunidad internacional que se una a nosotros en solidaridad con el mayor movimiento social de las Américas.

América Latina al Día
Circulo Bolivariano Louis Riel
Fronteras comunes
DeColonize ahora
Inactivo no más
Red de Solidaridad de América Latina y el Caribe
Solidaridad Halifax
Proyecto Socialista
Estudiantes unidos en representación de America Latína
The Dawn News – Boletín Internacional de Luchas Populares

 

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