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(en) anarkismo.net: Note from the CAB on federal and military intervention in Rio de Janeiro by CAB - Brazilian Anarchist Coordination (ca, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 3 Mar 2018 12:06:11 +0200

Last Friday, the government of Michel Temer (MDB) launched a decree that placed the area of public security of the State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ) under the command of the Brazilian army in the figure of its general Walter Braga Neto. A federal intervention presented as a solution to what the ruling elites call "crisis" in public security and that should be understood as a split of the shock government already applied to the state. ---- It is not the first time that the army acts in the RJ. Military interventions in communities and favelas in Rio de Janeiro are a reality. However, the novelty lies in the centralization of command of all public security in the hands of a military command. If the military record in social control and in the repression of the oppressed was used even in the PT (workers' party) governments, a new step was taken.

With that, the State diverts the population's attention from the discussion of retirement reform to the question of public security, and with the creation of the Ministry of Public Security, it may obtain greater support from reactionary sectors of society that urgently need the military intervention. It will not be with military tanks and soldiers acting as police that a structural problem of the capitalist system will be solved, on the contrary, it only tends to aggravate the situation of public (in) security in the RJ and keep the Carioca communities, where the black and poor people are, militarized and controlled by the State more than ever.

But that step will deepen the social chaos that comes along with the social inequalities created by the system of capitalist domination. System that in the current stage requires the withdrawal of rights, the collapse of public services and their privatization and offering as a counterpart boots, rifles and helmets. In the short term, this system wants to pass at all costs the retirement reform that in practice ends with the retirement of the workers.

In short, next to the policies of fiscal adjustment and withdrawal of rights, from the petistas governments with the Anti-Drug Law, the Law of Criminal Organizations and finally the Anti-Terrorism Law, we see the escalation of a Police State that intensifies the repressive facet of the system against the black population, against poverty and against social struggles under the excuse of a war on drugs and crime.

We of the Brazilian Anarchist Coordination repudiate the federal intervention in the RJ and we say:

No Army, No Reform!!
Related Link: https://anarquismo.noblogs.org/?p=905

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