20 | 08 | 2018

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), an organization that represents more than 92 million workers around the world, expresses its support and solidarity with Brazilian oil workers who started, on Wednesday (30), a warning strike for 72 hours throughout the country.

The sector, composed of more than 60 thousand workers, protests against the neoliberal measures of the illegitimate government of Michel Temer that since he assumed the presidency by a coup, has implemented his agenda of privatization of the Petrobras system, reducing investments and practicing an extortive policy of prices.

The Workers’ Party chair, Gleisi Hoffmann, read a letter from Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Monday (16) to supporters who are gathering at the Free Lula camp in Curitiba, where the former president is being held at the Federal Police headquarters.

In his first public statement after his arrest, Lula thanked supporters for their resistance and chants of “good morning” and “good night” they sing outside the Federal Police building every day and night. He also said he is feeling composed.

While the Brazilian religious advocacy group Pastoral Land Commission (Comissão Pastoral da Terra – CPT) was planning the release of a report on the number of people murdered in rural conflicts in Brazil in 2017, another activist was found dead. Last Sunday (15), the body of quilombola leader Nazildo dos Santos Brito, 33, was found with gunshot wounds to the head and ribs in the community originating from a quilomboRemanescentes do Quilombo Turê III, on the border between the cities of Tomé-Açu and Acará, in the northern state of Pará. A quilombola is a resident of quilombos, settlements set up in Brazil’s rural areas, mostly by escaped enslaved people of African descent.

About 10,000 people marched in the city of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, one month after the brutal murder of Brazilian human rights activist and councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes.

The police still have no answers about the people responsible for the shooting. Around the world, dozens of demonstrations were reported on the 14th in at least three continents — the Americas, Europe, and Africa — to protest and remember the murder of Franco and Gomes.

Brazilian housing movements that are part of the People Without Fear Front (Frente Povo Sem Medo) occupied today (16) the beachside apartment ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is falsely accused of owning, even though no evidence of his ownership has ever been found during the investigations of Operation Car Wash, which have led to his trial and later conviction. Lula turned himself in to the Federal Police on April 7th, after judge Sérgio Moro issued an arrest warrant for him, and, since then, Brazil's former president has been held as a political prisoner.

The number of people in extreme poverty in Brazil went up by 11.2% in 2017 over 2016, from 13.34 million to 14.83 million people last year, according to consulting firm LCA Consultores, based on data released on Wednesday (11) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). To draw this conclusion, the firm used the World Bank’s global poverty line, which sets the income per capita at US$1.90 a day as the limit defining extreme poverty in developing countries.

The Union of Federal Police Chiefs of the State of Paraná (SinDPF/PR) has filed a request with the Federal Police office to immediately transfer Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from their headquarters in Curitiba to another facility.

The Union Chair, Algacir Mikalovski, has told journalists during a press conference that they fear for local residents and Federal Police employees’ safety, as pro-Lula demonstrators are camping outside the building in Curitiba. However, Neudicléia Oliveira, from the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) and a coordinator of the Free Lula Camp, says Mikalovski’s claims are unfounded.

Demonstrators protested yesterday (11) in front of Brazilian embassies and consulates, in squares, and on streets around the world to denounce the political persecution of Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva by the country's court system and to call for his freedom.

Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil, got arrested months before his probable re-election in October.

Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil, got arrested on April 7 for a conviction on corruption charges. He was expected to be re-elected in the elections of October as the candidate of the Workers' Party (PT).

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