Corrente Comunista Revolucionária (CCR) in Brazil Elections 2016

CCR is Running in Municpal Elections with the PCO

Against the Coup and for the Demands of the Workers!

Corrente Comunista Revolucionária (CCR, Brazil Section of the RCIT), 21 August 2016,




In the upcoming municipal elections in the city of Diadema-Brazil, the CCR is running comrade JOAO EVANGELISTA, a teacher by profession, as its candidate for Deputy Mayor. He will be running on the same ticket as VANDIVAL FERREIRA DOS SANTOS, a construction worker and member of the Workers Cause Party (PCO) who will be running for the office of Mayor. The main objective of our campaign is both to carry on the struggle against the coup and denounce the upcoming elections as a farce.


The PCO commendably implements worker democracy by backing the candidacy of members from various smaller currents and revolutionaries groups which, because of the bureaucratic difficulties involved in officially creating new parties the Brazil, cannot afford to run independently. For this reason, despite some differences we have with the PCO in our respective analyzes of some aspects of the class struggle, we will be running together with them.


For example, in international realm, unlike the PCO, we in the CCR consider Russia and China to be emerging imperialist powers along the lines of the traditional imperialists – the US, EU and Japan. On the other hand, we agree in full with the analyses of our PCO comrades regarding the American-sponsored coups in Honduras, Paraguay, Thailand, Egypt, Ukraine and Turkey; the attempt to overthrow the Government of Venezuela; and the fraudulent elections that led to the victory of Macri on Argentina.


Regarding recent developments in Brazil, the CCR and PCO also share the fundamental agreement that what has taken place on the national level is in fact a real coup; also, that it is necessary to join forces not only to topple the coupist regime, but to mobilize the working class against the neoliberal attacks of the government of the coupist interim president Michel Temer; attacks which will also be continued by any subsequently elected government which will step in and “finalize the legitimacy” of the institutional coup conducted against the government of Dilma Roussef.


In this sense, even if the government of Roussef should return to power, despite all the indications that this would be almost impossible, we in the working class must establish our total class independence in the upcoming struggles against the so-called adjustments, i.e., labor reforms, pension reforms, budget cuts in health, education, in housing, the privatization of the nationally owned assets of Petrobras and the Pre-Salt layers, the proposed 20 year freeze on investments in health and education, etc. Such resistance must achieved by the calling for a general strike of workers against these attacks.


The Bonapartist repression of social movements, of left-wing parties and anything that even resembles a progressive program is increasingly evident in the country. The recent Olympics in Rio illustrated this very clearly. For example, several spectators who shouted “Out Temer!” or “Down with the Coup!” were summarily expelled from the stadiums. The former President Lula da Silva is being threatened with arrest and activists from the Homeless Workers’ Movement are either being arrested or threatened with arrest based on the anti-terrorism law. Ironically, this diabolical law was passed months ago, during the administration of the very same ousted PT President Roussef.


The youth of the slums on the peripheries, especially those of African descent, are still being massacred. As social media have demonstrated, in Brazilian society there is much intolerance against blacks and LGBT rights. Expressions of “machismo” are manifested themselves in increasing violence against women. Indigenous communities are threatened with losing their land, being expelled by the big landowners and international agribusiness. In short, the poor and oppressed classes must organize themselves to resist exploitation of the capitalist system and the bourgeoisie.


Our candidacies, besides serving to denounce the coup d’état, comes to announce to the public in general and specifically to the workers and oppressed that no election within the capitalist system can be solution to the real problems of the working class. This is fake democracy. Only our organization and mobilization can lead to the independence of the working class against the exploiters: the bourgeoisie. We must not have any confidence in the electoral process, especially at a time when those who fully control the elections are the same persons who perpetrated the coup via parliament, with the support of the judiciary and of the capitalist media.







About RCIT Britain

What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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