Workers Shut Down Brazil in Protest Against Temer’s Neoliberal Reforms

The defense of Social Security and Consolidation of Labor Laws leads Brazilians in the countryside and in the city to join the movement of the general strike.

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0fe984d6-bfc2-4b69-bc23-b38135471f0b.jpegHighway blockade in Rio Grande do Sul. After truculent action by the Military Brigade’s Shock Battalion, which launched tear gas bombs at the protesters.

A move of proportions never seen before takes over the entire national territory this Friday (28), with hundreds of categories of arms crossed in the 26 states and the Federal District willing to bar social security reforms, labor and outsourcing. At the General Strike, convened by all trade union centrals and by the Popular Brazil and Fearless People, there are marches, pickets, blockades of roads and cultural acts.

In rural areas and also in some cities, the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) intensively mobilized its base on Friday (28).

Roadblocks were carried out by rural workers and marches in the following states: Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, Pernambuco, Pará, Paraíba, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, Maranhão, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraná, Piauí, Bahia, Tocantins, Alagoas, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul, Federal District, Santa Catarina and Goiás.

In Maranhão, the Movement blocked all access to the capital of São Luís and the Port of Itaqui.

Workers from Alagoas blocked 11 highway points. In Pernambuco, there were 34 blockades. In several other states, the MST joined in with actions of the Popular Brazil Front, with massive marches, such as the one that took 50,000 workers to the streets of Fortaleza this morning.

“Today the working class has shown its strength in the face of capital and this illegitimate government, that it is possible to stop these reforms and not only stop, but demand an agenda that addresses the needs of the people in the countryside and in the city,” said José Roberto Silva, Of the national MST leadership.

He continues: “It’s great to see the population coming out on the streets, coming to support this general strike. The way out is the unity, the streets, the struggle of the workers. ”

In the evaluation of the MST coordinators, this is a turning point that can lead to a new correlation of forces between the interests of capital and labor. Some of the people who supported the coup have begun to realize that they have been at one and the same time the victims and victims of the loss of social rights consolidated by centuries of struggle. Marina dos Santos, also of the MST board, makes a positive assessment of the day of the fights.

“On April 28, Brazil woke up in a General Strike atmosphere. Neither the mainstream media can hide the organized indignation of the working class against the coup government of Temer and its measures also fruit of the coup. It is a great demonstration of strength, and if we do, we can stop these reforms and overthrow this illegitimate government. Out of fear! No right to less! Long live this great mobilization! ”

The repercussion of this day’s actions of General Strike reached international proportions. The hashtag #BrasilEmGreve ranked first among the most talked about topics on Twitter social network across the globe from the early hours of Friday. Solidarity pronouncements have come from different parts of Latin America, such as Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela, Cuba and others.