Brazil’s Social Movements Coalition Comes to Lula’s Rescue

After a meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a coordinator of the MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais sem Terra -Landless Rural Workers Movement), João Paulo Rodrigues, declared that the Lula government should make alliances with the Brazilian people.

Rodrigues, who was speaking for representatives of other social movements who also attended the meeting with Lula, said that such an alliance would be important so that the administration is not destabilized.


“We bring support and concern. The administration has to use this moment of difficulty to create an alliance with the Congress and the Brazilian people,” he said.


The representatives of some 42 social movement groups, who have joined together in an umbrella organization called the Social Movement Coordination (CMS), called for structural changes in the government’s economic policies.


Rodrigues explained that would mean improvements in income distribution and progress in land reform.


The leader declared that during the meeting Lula had ensured them that all charges of corruption will be investigated.


“Lula repeated the phrase he already used: that he will cut to the bone if necessary to remove the problem,” Rodrigues said.


Antonio Carlos Spis, another union leader, presently secretary of Communication for CUT (Central íšnica de Trabalhadores – Unified Workers’ Federation), who also attended the meeting, said the social movements are firmly behind the administration and will maintain a permanent communications channel.


Discussions with the government on the administration’s economic policies are scheduled to begin next month, he said.


At the beginning of this week, the newly formed CMS emitted a letter addressed to the Brazilian people calling for a mobilization of society to protect the Lula administration and combat corruption.


A copy of the letter was given to Lula at the meeting. “He said he knew he could count on his friends and companions, especially in difficult times,” said Spis.


ABr

Tags:

You May Also Like

LETTERS

Rancharia is 1 of 49 special projects in the state of Bahia supporting 2,250 ...

Vehicle Sales in Brazil Grow 32% and Break Record

Sales of new vehicles in the Brazilian domestic market achieved in June the best ...

Unemployment Must Be Cut in Half, says Brazilian Minister

The head of Brazil’s Presidential Civilian Advisory Staff, Minister José Dirceu, took part in ...

Biotech Crops Curb Erosion and Pollution in the US and Brazil, Says GM Crowd

Since the introduction of biotech crops in 1996, farmers have reduced – and, in ...

Brazil’s Gang Violence Die Down. Death Toll Stays at 170.

The gang violence that rocked Brazil’s prisons and its largest city for a week, ...

Brazil Cracks Down on Biopirates

Brazil is a favorite target of biopirates and wild animal traffickers for the simple ...

Afro-Brazilian by Mário Freire

By Making the US a Racial Hell Brazil Can See Itself As Eden

Since late 1999, the people and culture of the Federal Republic of Brazil have ...

Brazilians, Relieved, Take Profits and Run

Latin American markets reversed course today and turned lower, as yesterday’s enthusiasm for Brazilian ...

Hell’s End

“We are shutting down what can only be described as an inferno. It has ...

Death Toll Rises to 57 in Brazilian Floods. Dozens Still Missing

The toll of deaths due to flooding in Brazil’s Northeast region states of Alagoas ...