Brazil: Who Is The World Cup For?

Repression And Criminalization

Brazil: Who Is The World Cup For?
Instruments of war are deployed in poor mostly Black neighborhoods

The regional and federal governments have been expanding the repressive apparatus of the state. We have already seen the grotesque investment in repressive weaponry and technology, as well as changes to the laws, such as the “anti-terror law” that has the aim of branding demonstrations as “terrorist acts.”

The federal government is creating a special force of anti-riot shock troops made up of 10,000 police officers to suppress the protests during the World Cup.

Moreover, a bill shamefully co-authored by Sen. Walter Pinheiro of the PT is being put forward that will allow sentences of 15-30 years in prison for demonstrators participating in protests during the World Cup. The bill also limits the right to strike during the tournament in those services considered to be of “social interest.”

The defense minister has announced that he will keep army troops stationed in the barracks, ready to move into action against the protests should the military police require reinforcements.

These are extraordinary measures for the purpose of repressing and criminalizing protest movements, with the PT and the Dilma government spearheading it all. Obviously, all this is not solely to ensure the holding of the World Cup – they are preparing themselves for the class struggle beyond this event.

Demonstrations Against The World Cup

All the attacks against the ordinary Brazilians that have taken place during the build-up to World Cup and that are expected in the coming period have to be denounced and fought against: the squandering of public money, the death of workers on the construction sites, the eviction of families to build stadiums and parking lots, and the overall repressive offensive.

However, to try to stop the completion of the World Cup is a disproportionate battle waged against the government and the repressive apparatus. Can we win over the masses under this banner? What would the prevention of the World Cup change? We consider that the calling for the “Nao vai ter Copa” (There Will Be No World Cup) demonstrations lack concrete demands and adequate strategy.

The Black Blocks, who were at the front of the demonstration on Jan. 25 in Sao Paulo, with their tactics of street fighting and attacking banks, end up, in reality, by alienating the population from the protests and creating a pretext for repression.

It is necessary to mobilize the youth and the working class in defense of real investment in social services and to get the government to break with the rich, beginning with a refusal to pay the public debt, which ate up at least 718 billion Reals ($320 billion) of the federal budget in 2013.

Because of this activists are promoting the campaign “Public, Free and for Everyone! Transport, Health, and Education! Down with Repression!” creating Committees of Action all over the country.

The struggle was, is and will be a reality, before and after the World Cup. The central problem is the system in which we live. To organize, to raise the level of consciousness of the masses and the youth, is the central task of revolutionaries all over the world, to bring down the system and to move towards the real solution.


By: Alex Minoru and Gabriel Pinho


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