Solidarity Message ILPS-Philippines
02 November 2018
The Philippines Chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle are one with the Brazilian resistance against the US-backed fascist regime of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil.
We condemn Bolsonaro’s attacks on the workers, peasants, indigenous peoples, quilombolas (descendants of African slaves), the LGBT movement, environmentalists, human rights defenders and activists.
We laud the Landless Worker’s Movement (MST), the Homeless Workers’ Movement (MTST) and other social movements in the Brasil Popular Front (Frente Brasil Popular – FBP) in standing up to this “Trump of the Tropics” which promises to surpass the cruelties of the 1964-1985 military dictatorship.
Bolsonaro has said that groups such as the MST and the MTST should be classed as “terrorists”. The same trumped-up charge is leveled on Filipino peasants, workers, activists as they are being summarily killed.
We have much in common as the Filipino people rise up to the ultra-right, fascist, misogynist, foul-mouth US-backed Duterte regime in the Philippines.
Donald Trump has made it clear in his congratulatory call to president-elect Bolsonaro that they “will work closely together on Trade, Military and everything else!” as they look forward to working “side-by-side” as “regional leaders of the Americas”.
The US will now use Bolsonaro as it uses Colombia’s Ivan Duque backed by the paramilitary far-right group Aguilas Negras, or Black Eagles.
This means greater exploitation, oppression and repression on the Brazilian masses by US imperialism as it desperately holds on to its diminished power in a multi-polar world.
The overarching influence of the local conservative agribusiness lobby in Brazil, known as ruralistas, spells greater private appropriation of territories and public spaces for the extensive exploitation of natural resources (logging, cattle ranching, land speculation, mining, and export crops) for superprofits and corruption. Landlessness, mass dispossession, poverty, job scarcity, lower wages, higher prices become more acute and widespread.
Brazil is the world’s ninth-largest economy with the US as its second-largest trading partner. Brazil is the fourth host economy in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in 2017. It is the top country receiving FDI inflows in Latin America, attracting more than 40% of total flows into the region.
The US will certainly use the Bolsonaro regime to attack Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua accused as a “troika of tyranny” by Trump’s national security officials. The US also hopes Bolsonaro and its other allies to help thwart Russian and Chinese inroads into Latin America.
It is also expected to back Trump’s pro-Israel, anti-Iran push in the Middle East as Brazil joins India as one of the five major emerging market “BRICS” countries to adopt pro-Israel polices.
Fascism is a by-product of imperialism as it passes the burden of the crisis of monopoly capitalism on the working class and toiling masses. It can only succeed if the people’s resistance fails.
Brazilian society is in revolutionary ferment. The US-Bolsonaro regime is the narrowest target for the most widespread democratic forces. We fully support the working class, the unity of workers and peasants, and all democratic sectors in Brazil in their struggle against imperialism and fascism and for complete liberation, democracy, socialism and progress.
Long live the Brazilian anti-fascist and anti-imperialist struggle!
Long live international solidarity!
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