Millions of workers do not go to work this Friday in protest against a government that, through a parliamentary / judicial / media coup, removes social rights and achievements that have been in force for more than 70 years in the country
The General Strike announced for this Friday (04/28) in Brazil brings an invigorating originality to the moment that the country is going through. After the political coup of the year 2016, which took a democratically elected president from power to restore a political project in the Brazilian central government that was successively defeated at the polls four times in a row in direct elections. Brazilian society, in general, promotes a strike movement that brings unprecedented elements in the country's recent political history.
First of all, the General Strike called for this Friday is the result of a unified call from all workers' union centrals, including those that, in a tacit way, supported the removal of President Dilma Rousseff in 2016. There was no time a strike movement in the country that, coincidentally, will mark the 100th anniversary of the first strike launched in Brazil, still in the distant year of 1917, which is mobilizing so many social sectors and unusual for the strike itself.
The most organized union sectors, in fact, kicked off this movement, which started to be organized from meetings with all the workers 'union centrals: metallurgists, bankers, teachers and so many other social sectors of the workers' union organization. forefront of this movement that will culminate in this great day of the General Strike. The novelty, now, is due to the involvement of so many other sectors that, because they have no history of social struggle, surprise everyone with a strong mobilization for April 28.
Sectors that historically suffer from a weak union structure and mobilization as a result of their own economic activities are now involved in what promises to be the largest General Workers' Strike that has taken place in Brazil. All this social mobilization that took over the country is largely justified by the unpopularity of a government that, in addition to having taken the assault power, suffers a historic rejection in the country: the latest surveys show that only 4% of the Brazilian population approves the illegitimate government Temer against a contingent of 92% of the population who see the country in the wrong direction.
All the unpopularity of this coup government reinforces a rejection of it that goes beyond the classic sectors of the Brazilian left, reaching now social segments that have always been averse to wall movements. This is undoubtedly because Brazil today is experiencing a government that stands out for, in a very short time of power, destroying the foundations of Brazilian social policies in an accentuated way: the Labor Reform, approved on April 26, at on the eve of the General Strike, it destroys achievements of social protection for workers that have been in force in the country since 1943; the Pension Reform, one of the main motives of this mobilization, intends to place the retirement of the Brazilian people in the hands of the private sector of social security, benefiting the banks and the large pension funds, destroying the Brazilian Public Pension that has been in force for over 40 years ; the coup government's privatist fate delivers, day after day, the country's greatest national wealth, such as oil, favoring large world economic groups.
And this whole scenario of destruction of social rights and annihilation of public policies aimed at the poorest parts of society is combined with a government taken by corrupt and lackeys, stripped daily by police investigations in the country. Everyone begins to realize that, in the name of fighting corruption that removed an honest president from power, what has been experienced in Brazil is the most radical return of neoliberalism in the 90s, a period in which corruption and impunity reigned in the country . This is because the mechanisms to fight corruption were strongly developed in Brazil in the last 15 years.
Brazil, a country of continental size, will experience strong mobilizations on April 28 and will certainly mark the overthrow of this coup government and usurper of the rights of the people and the country's wealth. All support to the Brazilian people in this journey of struggle that begins now and promises to stop the country that day! As the catchphrase of the year 2016 became famous, when President Dilma Rousseff left: scammers will not pass !!