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No truce or hesitation! Zero tolerance with the coupist roadblocks!

By Gloria Trogo (PSOL-Brazil), translated from portuguese by Daniel Kraucher
Agência Brasil

Lula won! We have a lot to celebrate. It was a very tough election. However, it is necessary to understand that the election showed a deeply fractured country. A very strong political polarization has been confirmed, but this is not a dispute between two equally radical projects or between two antipodes.

On the one hand we have “Bolsonarism”, with a clear strategy of destroying the liberal democratic regime and a political leadership that is not organized only within the limits of legality, but on the contrary, permanently aims at democracy and institutions and wants to destroy the achievements of redemocratization [refers to the period after the end of the military dictatorship and the promulgation of the 1988 Constitution. T.N.]. On the other hand, a democratic front, led by Lula, in coalition with a historic leader of the Brazilian right, formed by groups with different political strategies and ideological views.

There is no danger of communism, contrary to what the neo-fascist far right claims. But there is a risk to democracy. That is why it is necessary to face the truck driver’s coup attempt without any concessions for mobilizations that question the results of the polls.

There are currently around 240 roadblocks in 20 states. The president’s scandalous silence and his permanent attacks on the electoral system are an incentive for coup mobilizations. There is still a need to seriously investigate whether there is a direct link between Bolsonaro and his children with this movement.

Institutional intervention is urgently needed as well as the investigation and punishment of those involved, imposing tough fines on the companies that sponsored this episode and repressing the blockades using force. The Federal Highway Police has to act and clear the highways. It is not democratic to tolerate the defense of a coup.

The editorials of the mainstream media call Lula for a “turn to the center”, some did not hesitate to publish a literal call. What we need now however is a government that really turns to the Brazilian people. It will be with broad social measures for the working class and with a strong incentive to self-organize each of the Brazilian poor neighborhoods that we will advance towards new and robust victories.

We won an important battle. The war continues.