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Massive Demos Tonight In Brazil

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  • Cort Greene
    Crazy scenes out of Brasilia right now as riot police scramble to encircle presidents office to prevent protesters from getting there. a great aerial view of
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      Crazy scenes out of Brasilia right now as riot police scramble to encircle
      presidents office to prevent protesters from getting there.

      a great aerial view of the 10s of 1000s on the streets of Recife, Brazil:
      pic.twitter.com/DuS7jDx7jm <http://t.co/DuS7jDx7jm>

      @teleSURtv <https://twitter.com/teleSURtv>
      #LAFOTO<https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LAFOTO&src=hash>:
      Contin�an las protestas en las calles de R�o de Janeiro
      pic.twitter.com/806hhDAZq3 <http://t.co/806hhDAZq3>

      Brasil saiu � rua - Brazil came out to the streets
      pic.twitter.com/MumGK7q7PC <http://t.co/MumGK7q7PC>

      historic crowds in Rio de Janeiro, no other description http://
      g1.globo.com/protestos-no-brasil/2013/cobertura/ � <http://t.co/rtE4YwtTT6>
      pic.twitter.com/jDoCrNH29T <http://t.co/jDoCrNH29T>

      cam in Rio showing a sea of people: http://radar.g1.globo.com/rj/rio-de-jane
      iro � <http://t.co/zoTN47Dnec>
      pic.twitter.com/W30pUuxLWT<http://t.co/W30pUuxLWT>

      http://www.marxist.com/fare-increases-defeated-what-next.htm


      Brazil: Fare increase defeated! What
      next?<http://www.marxist.com/fare-increases-defeated-what-next.htm>
      Written by Esquerda Marxista (Brazil)Thursday, 20 June 2013
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      The mayor of Sao Paulo, Haddad, has been forced to retreat on the question
      of bus fare increases along with the regional governor Alckmin and Rio de
      Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paz. In the wake of this move in the largest cities
      in the country, others will follow suit. Campinas and Niter�i have also
      already announced the revocation of the fare increase. Very few mayors will
      be able to resist!

      [image: busfare-world-cup-movment-2]<http://www.marxist.com/images/stories/brazil/busfare-world-cup-movment-2.jpg>And
      the movement? The leaders say it continues. Yes, but to where? What should
      be demanded? What do we want? Less circuses and more education?[A reference
      to the World Cup. The Roman Emperors used to try to appease their people
      with �Bread and Circuses� to avoid addressing serious political issues.] We
      agree

      The Marxist Left acknowledges that the movement has taken to the streets
      and is powerful. But its power depends on how organised it becomes, on how
      much the demonstrators become aware of their own power and organise
      themselves. One protester wrote: "they [the ruling class] do not represent
      us." This is 100% correct. But in order for us to represent ourselves we
      need to get organised. Democratic mass plenary meetings, with the
      participation of all social movements and organisations, trade unions,
      Student Councils, student unions, and political parties and movements must
      be organized in all cities so that the protesters themselves can decide
      upon the direction of the movement.

      The big trade unions need to get involved in the struggle and lend their
      resources to the protesters, starting with vehicle mounted sound systems
      powerful enough so they can be heard by everyone in the squares and
      demonstrations. Mass assemblies should be organised with all the
      protesters, where the proposals of the plenary meetings can be put to the
      vote. For this to happen these sound systems are needed.

      As well as this, democracy is required. Democracy means the right to
      disagree. If you do not like political parties, you�re free to do so. But
      anyone who is organised in a party or trade union has as much right to
      protest and participate as anyone who is not organised. And he has the
      right to bring his flag, his banner and his placard. Preventing him from
      doing so runs counter to democracy. We should also take special note that
      it is vital to prevent confusion or aggression within our own ranks due to
      individual differences. It is also vital to prevent infiltrators and
      opportunists from destroying shops and public buildings during the
      protests. This is our task as demonstrators, the police will not help us.

      We, the Marxist Left, present what we believe should be the banners of the
      movement for the next period. And we submit them for discussion in plenary
      meetings and mass assemblies that we should all take responsibility for
      organising:

      - *Down with repression! Freedom for the prisoners, drop all charges
      against protesters!*
      - *Nationalisation of transportation, towards free public transport!*
      - *End payment of foreign and internal debt!*
      - *More funds for health and education!*
      - *The R$26 billion for the World Cup should be allocated to health and
      education!*
      - *Consistent struggle towards socialism!*

      *Thursday, June 20, 2013*


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