cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgBrazil: Out to the Streets to Bring Down the Temer Government!

For a United Front of Struggle! Organize a General Strike and Popular Uprising Now! No to the Ongoing Coup of the Ruling Class! For a Workers’ and Popular Government!

 

Statement of the Corrente Comunista Revolucionária (Section of the RCIT in Brazil), 19 May 2017, http://elmundosocialista.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

  1. The Temer government is in a deep crisis. What everybody already previously knew has now been proven by audio tapes. Temer himself, as well as other leading figures of the government, are deeply entangled in the web of corruption of the ruling class; grotesquely so, as this government itself illegitimately came to power last year under the banner of the “struggle against corruption” which in fact was an institutional coup d’état against the elected PT-led government of Dilma Rousseff.

 

  1. The real reason for this coup was the desire of the ruling class to accelerate the attacks on the working class and the popular masses. This is why Temer wants to push through the widely despised labor and pension reforms. These reforms would destroy our social gains for which we fought so hard in the past!

 

  1. Given the popular resistance against these reforms – including the biggest general strike for decades on 28 April with 40 million people participating – the ruling class is now prepared to let Temer fall. They will try to continue their coup and to enhance its achievements for them, via parliamentary maneuvers (and with lots of bribery!) to bring another hard-line reactionary figure to power (e.g., the current president of the Supreme Court, Carmen Lúcia).

 

  1. We must put an end to the cynical power games and institutional coup d’états of the ruling class! We must take advantage of the current crisis of their corrupt government! We can and must strengthen the power of the working class and the popular masses!

 

  1. How can we achieve this? First, we must stop the conspiracy of the ruling class with their obscure parliamentary maneuvers. We must bring down the corrupt Temer government ourselves! For a general strike and a popular uprising!

 

  1. We must call upon the CUT, MST, MTST, Frente Brasil Popular, Frente Povo Sem Medo, PT and all popular mass organizations to form a united front for struggle. We call these organizations to organize a general strike! We must force the vacillating and conservative bureaucrats at the heads of these organizations to organize the resistance.

 

  1. But we must not trust them! These bureaucratic leaders have proven in the past that they are willing to subordinate the struggle for our interests in exchange for the participation in the bourgeois power institutions. We must put demands on these leaders, but we must carefully watch and control them.

 

  1. We must build popular action committees. These committees should be elected in popular assemblies in which all workers in workplaces and all people in neighborhoods participate. They should discuss the most important issues of the struggle and elect their delegates. These delegates should then convene a national congress that will discuss how to advance our struggle. These action committees should also control the leaderships of the mass organizations and lead the struggle against the Temer government themselves if the bureaucrats hesitate and betray it. Furthermore, such action committees should also create popular self-defense units to defend the people against the unavoidable attacks of the police and the army.

 

  1. Many people are calling for a direct election for a new president. While we understand the motivation for such a demand, we think that it is misplaced. The elections are controlled by the ruling class. They will do everything in their power to get rid of Lula – currently the most popular candidate for president – by putting him on trial. And even if Lula should be elected, they would do everything to undermine his government as they did with Dilma Rousseff.

 

  1. In light of the fact that many people are currently following the lead of the CUT, MST, MTST, FBP, FPSM or PT, we call upon these popular organizations to take power into their own hands in the wake of the general strike and popular uprising. For a government of the CUT/INTERSINDICAL/CTB/MST/MTST/FBP/FPSM/CMP/PCO/PT and all popular mass movements! This could be a first step towards the creation of a workers’ and popular government!

 

  1. Naturally, we call upon the workers and poor not to put any blind trust in the leaders of these organizations. They must be watched and controlled. Such a government should be put under the control of a national congress of action committees. In the end, it is such action committees, expanded to authentic workers’ and popular councils, which should form their own government – a workers’ and popular government!

 

  1. In order to advance such a strategy and to put it into practice, we need to create an authentic revolutionary party. We call upon all activists to share such a perspective of struggle and to join the CCR in our efforts to build such a party as part of a new revolutionary workers’ international!

 

 

 

CUT- Central Única de Trabalhadores

 

INTERSINDICAL-

 

CTB- Central dos Trabalhadores do Brasil

 

MST- Movimento de Trabalhadores Sem terra

 

MTST- Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem teto

 

FBP – Frente Brasil Popular

 

CMP-Central dos Movimentos Populares (CMP)

 

FPSM – Frente povo Sem Medo

 

PT- Partido dos Trabalhadores

 

PCO- Partido de Causa Operária

 

 

 

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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. 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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. 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