Brazil

Brazil: popular revolt and its limits

Vitória 2011 bus fare protests

June 2018 marks five years since the wave of protests against the price of collective transportation, which shook the streets of hundreds of brazilian cities in 2013. At the heart of those riots was the Movimento Passe Livre (something like Free Pass Movement), an autonomous and horizontal social movement founded in 2005, which defended the gratuity of transport. Written in 2014 by two militants who later left the organization, this article reflects on the limits of that cycle of protests.

Tomando o poder de volta: espaços pra respirar, para camaradagem e para solidariedade no local de trabalho

Portuguese translation by the Passa Palavra collective of the text "Take the power back: breathing space, friendliness and solidarity at work" by Angry Workers of the World.

The rebellion of truck drivers at a crossroads - Iniciativa Revolução Universal

We translate from Spanish this material originally published in Portuguese by comrades from Brazil organized around Universal Revolution Initiative. It’s a leaflet distributed during the struggles that are currently taking place, in the spring of 2018, in the region dominated by the Brazilian State.

Huge truck drivers strike in Brazil in May 2018

Initially, capitalists of the freight sector tried to use the strike to bargain in the name of their interests in the inter-capitalist competition against the oil companies and the government. There was doubt whether it was lockout or strike. But then the strike went out of control. When the capitalists of the freight sector made an agreement with the government to end it, the workers continued it and the strike increased even more.

Mass protests expected as Brazil rules on the fate of indigenous territories

2000 indigenous people protested in Brasilia in April of this year. Gregg Newton

Following a year of attacks on indigenous peoples in Brazil, protests are expected in Brasilia as the Supreme Court decides on the future of indigenous land rights.

Coordenação Anarquista Brasileira analyse Brazil’s political earthquake

In the following essay members of Coordenação Anarquista Brasileira, a member group of the Anarkismo network, analyse the series of mass protests, riots and rebellions which have rocked the State and its elites in recent months.

Strategies for resistance under neoliberalism: lessons from the Zapatistas and the Landless Workers' Movement

Zapatista Village.

This essay examines the Zapatista Army of National Liberation and the Landless Workers' Movement and the ways that these movements have been able to persist for decades and surpass frequent limitations of revolutionary action under neoliberalism. These lessons are essential for efforts to build counter-power.

1977-88: Brazilian Rubber Tappers Campaign Against Deforestation

Article about the attempt of Rubber Tappers to organise that was linked to the struggle to protect the Amazonian rainforest.

1857: Brazilian Slaves Strike Against ID Tags

In 1857 a mix of slaves and free black labourers struck to resist an ID tag system and tax on their trade.

Rural Landless Workers Movement of Brazil - Roger Burbach

An article on the early history of largest organisation of landless peasants in Brazil. The article was written at a time when the Landless Workers Movement/Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra (MST) was building links to Brazilian parliamentary parties. The author thought this was a good idea, the footnote at the end reviews how that turned out.