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If There Is a Coup, There Will Be a Fight: Brazil's MST

  • Massive protests across the country urged senators to vote against the impeachment of President Rousseff.

    Massive protests across the country urged senators to vote against the impeachment of President Rousseff. | Photo: @ptbrasil

Published 29 August 2016
Opinion

A communique from Brazil's Landless Workers Movement released Monday night warns against attacks on democracy.

Once again, the area around the gymnasium Nilson Nelson in Brasilia is transformed into a massive trench in defense of democracy and against the curtailing of rights. As with the impeachment vote against President Dilma Rousseff in the chamber of deputies, thousands of people from all over Brazil gather here in order to fight together against the coup that threatens the nation.

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There is no lack of courage or will for the coming days. The encampment set up in Brasilia is the epicenter radiating hope of better days for the whole population. Rural workers, public service unions and various social movements populate the trench. They all have in common non-conformity with the attempt to sabotage our young democracy.

Once more, the space is filled with solidarity. Donations of construction material, camping equipment, medicines, as well as hands, arms and legs to help in the assembly camp abound. On each face, you can see that the setback of a coup will not be imposed on the people easily. Women and men make up a democratic and republican brigade, willing to fight for the well-being of the Brazilian people.

This is only the beginning of the journey. Thousands of Brazilian women and men are in this moment on their way to Brasilia in order to reinforce the ranks in defense of democracy and against the curtailing of rights. They come with the willingness that marks the struggle of social movements and the pride of the advances made in recent years. Advances that will never be tolerated by the elite, fearful of losing their privileges.

This moment is the epilogue of the sad story written by the sectors who lost the 2014 elections. In the coming days, the senate will conduct a historical trial. There are no winners when democracy is lost. However, the people mobilizing in defense of their rights and against the dismantling of an emancipatory public policy is an undeniable victory. There will not be a coup, the "No" votes will change the course of history.

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