“Brazilian Society is going through a Profound Economic, Political, Environmental and Social Crisis”, said Joao Pedro Stedile, leader of the MST

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Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / July, 21, 2016

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Last Thursday 21, in the framework of the National Festival of Art and Culture of the Agrarian Reform, João Pedro Stedile and Beatriz Cerqueira, President of the the Workers’ Unified Central (Central Unica dos Trabalhadores, CUT), of Minas Gerais, southeast State of Brazil, took part in the debate table on political juncture. The festival was organized by the MST in Belo Horizonte, and took place from July 20 to 24.

“The economy has not grown in the past three years, unemployment rose by 14% and there was a control over the electoral system. Today, people know don’t acknowledge their representatives in Congress”, said the MST leader. According to Joao Pedro, “the way out of the crisis that Brazil is going through depends on the construction of new projects that can bring together a majority of the people. There is a need to build a new project”, he said.

The alternative for the new project is knowledge, affirmed the MST leader: “that’s the main weapon we have if we want to change the world in which we live. The working class needs to know capitalism if they want to transform it”.

“We need to deepen our struggles”, said Beatriz Cerqueira. According to the President of the CUT, the interim government of Michel Temer promotes a reduction of the functions of the State by “privatizing everything that’s public as fast as they can”. It’s important, according to Beatriz, to “strengthen the fronts of struggle”. “If we have unity on the streets, we will be able to face the next stage”. She also said that it’s crucial to look for guidelines that can bring organizations together and in this case, “our main struggle will be against the coup, against the democratic rupture. I’m not struggling for Dilma nor the PT, i do it for Democracy”.

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