22 | 04 | 2019

Following his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Tuesday, April 2, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil claimed that Nazism was a “leftist movement.” Bolsonaro was brought to Yad Vashem, a memorial to the six million Jews murdered by Nazi Germany and fascists allies during World War II, as part of his three day state visit to Israel. The Brazilian far-right leader was asked on Tuesday if he agreed with the claim of his foreign minister, Ernesto Araujo, that the Nazis “were leftists.” Bolsonaro responded in the affirmative.

The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing firebrand who had made headlines for playing down the brutality of his country’s past pro-imperialist military dictatorship, is set to arrive in Israel on Sunday morning, March 31, for a three-day trip. At 8 p.m. on the evening of the same day, a demonstration will be held near the Prime Minister’s residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem during a meeting between Bolsonaro and Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Monica Benicio, Marielle Franco’s companion questioned the fact that even though two people were arrested in connection to her murder, why wasn’t the question of who ordered her killing being addressed.

"We think that the most important answer has not been given to us: Who sent Marielle killer and what motivates this crime?” Benicio said Tuesday in an interview with local media.

A link between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's family and the Marielle Franco murder case appeared Tuesday afternoon as details emerged that one of Bolsonaro's sons fell in love with the daughter of Ronnie Lessa, who is one of the two former policemen accused of killing the leftist councilwoman and human rights activist on March 14, 2018, as reported by the local media Brasil 247.

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 95 million affiliated workers in 130 countries around the world, stands in solidarity with the Brazilian people after the breakdown of a mining dam in Brumadinho, in the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte. According to official notes, there are already 65 confirmed deaths and about 292 missing persons.

The PPL and PCdoB leaderships declared the unification stressing the need to defend democracy, the 1988 Constitution, the rights of workers against Bolsonaro.

Free Motherland Party (PPL) joined the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), as was announced by the Presidents of the two parties on November 26, 2018. The decision was officialized through the congressional decision of the PPL, taken on December 1, and a joint meeting of the two parties' representatives, which took place on December 2. The decisions of unification and convention of an extraordinary Congress to be convened on the 17th of March, in order to determine the new, joint Central Committee, were also accepted at the Central Committee meeting of PCdoB on November 30. 

Far-right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he will be flying to Brazil towards the end of this coming week to attend the inauguration of the newly-elected fascist Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, set to take place on January 1. Speaking at a Likud faction meeting on Monday, December 17, Netanyahu called Brazil a “superpower,” and said his visit there will “revolutionize” Brazilian relations with Israel. Netanyahu congratulated Bolsonaro on his electoral victory in October.

The Workers’ Party wishes to offer its solidarity and congratulations to the Cuban doctors and healthcare professionals who have worked to bring healthcare to some 3,600 remote municipalities in Brazil since 2013. The politically-motivated attack by President Jair Bolsonaro on the “More Doctors for Brazil” Programme, which has resulted in its closure, will harm the citizens of these 3,600 municipalities more than anybody else.

On  December 1, a unity meeting was held between the Communist Party of Brazil (Partido Comunista do Brasil, or PC do B) and the Free Homeland Party (Partido Patria Livre, or PPL) in São Paulo.  The PPL is a smaller Marxist-Leninist party. The unity project had been announced to the press on November 26 by Luciana Santos,President of the PC do B, and by Sérgio Rubens, President of the PPL.  This dynamic is moving in the direction of incorporating the PPL in the PC do B.

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