Challenges of the anti-fascist struggle

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The fight against neo-fascism inevitably involves exemplary punishment of those responsible for the attempted coup d'état

The assault by the fascist hordes inspired (engendered?) by the madman, who took refuge in the United States hours before the elected official took office, was consummated on Sunday, January 8, 2023.

The installations of the three powers of the republic were devastated by the destructive impulse accumulated over four years of the neo-fascist nightmare, nourished on a daily basis by the hate speech against democratic institutions voiced by the delinquent defeated in the polls last October.

The attempted coup d'état failed. As the previous ones failed since January 2019, spurred by the government of militiamen from Rio das Pedras, which emerged from the criminal underworld to take over the central government of a country stunned by fanaticism and the cult of ignorance, with connivance, if not with the explicit support from financial capital, agro sectors and faith entrepreneurs.

The majority of the Brazilian people who resisted the strategy of demolition of the country, over six years, failed the attempt to re-elect the sinister figure who embodied barbarism, on October 2 and October 30, 2022. historic turning point when the energetic was defeated by the broad front led by Lula.

The silence that followed the unaccepted defeat was nothing more than a cauldron of resentment fueling fury and terror against the institutions and voters that denied him the pretensions of perpetuating himself, until the explosion of January 8th.

What Brazilian society witnessed on that astonishing Sunday was a metaphor of what the country experienced while the government of national liquidation lasted, in all areas of action of the state. A metaphor embodied in the physical destruction of the headquarters buildings of the three powers of the republic. Since they were not capable of destroying the country – because the Brazilian people resisted – the legion of the resentful was left with the last gesture of demolishing its most emblematic symbols.

A typical action of fascist hordes that seek to destroy by force what they cannot even understand: democracy. Even if it is this poorly designed liberal democracy that the country has been building since 1988.

The canvas by Emiliano Di Cavalcanti that received the fingerprints of fascism – seven blows struck with Portuguese stones collected from Praça dos Três Poderes, used with a blunt instrument – ​​will be a lasting testimony to the passage of the barbarism of January 8, a kind of sinister epilogue to the defeated government.

It is obvious to society – 90% of Brazilian men and women repudiate the attempted coup d'état – the leniency, incompetence or even connivance of public security authorities in the Federal District.

The former Minister of Justice of the government defeated in the polls of October 30, 2022, Anderson Torres, inexplicably appointed Secretary of Public Security of the DF by Governor Ibaneis Rocha, a week after taking office, was found enjoying vacation in Florida, where, by chance, the inspirer took refuge from the devastation perpetrated by the fascist hordes against the STF, the National Congress and the Planalto Palace.

The interim who replaced him sent a message to the governor on the afternoon of Sunday, January 8, assuring that the demonstrations would be peaceful, while his police happily led the horde that half an hour later would be vandalizing the public buildings that house the institutional heart of the country. A fact that led the governor of the DF to dismiss him and President Lula to promptly decree federal intervention in the area of ​​Public Security in the DF, visibly complicit in the coup demonstrations of last December 12th and now with the terrorist acts of January XNUMXth. .

A curious and revealing fact: the hordes of the extreme right that moved to perpetrate barbarism in Praça dos Três Poderes, left from a camp kept in the shadow of the watchtowers of the Headquarters of the Brazilian Army, since the defeat of the madman, on October 30 . The government's Minister of Defense, José Múcio Monteiro, a Llano man, adopted the tactic of "eating by the edges" to demobilize the camps - veritable incubators of terrorist acts in the opinion of his colleague, Minister of Justice Flávio Dino - and reaped the catastrophe of January 8, 2023.

Minister Múcio Monteiro revealed, a week after taking office, that he was not the man cut out to lead an area whose daily life is marked by the challenge of converting into reality what the Constitution determines: to subordinate the armed establishment, historical bearer of an authoritarian and coup-mongering culture , to the civil power conferred by popular sovereignty in a democratic government.

The Brazilian military establishment cultivates with enviable zeal, throughout history, the pretension of placing itself above the Constitution, and as if some supernatural entity defined it as the guardian of the civil power.

The economic, social and cultural impulse that resulted in the attempted coup d'état promoted, on January 8, by the extreme right, is still latent in society. Even though his myth took refuge in Orlando, taking with him the expectation of returning to the arms of illegal miners, the killers of indigenous people, the devastators and timber traders, land grabbers, and environmental poisoners in this attempt, which ultimately failed. The defenders of democracy should remember that the factors that led him to power for four years retain enough energy to sustain him or any other adventurer with a similar profile.

What imposes, more than ever, in the history of Brazil, the unity of popular and democratic forces to face neo-fascism in all its manifestations. Whether in State structures contaminated by the authoritarian ideology of the extreme right – and lavajatismo is just one of them – or in society where the “cultural war” has become a mobilizing element of what is most reactionary in society to rebuild a regressive utopia, in search of a past that, strictly speaking, never existed.

The popular sectors, workers' movements, trade unions, cultural movements have before them the permanent task of putting pressure on the Lula government, supported by a heterogeneous front as everyone knows, to advance beyond public policies to combat hunger, social inclusion , of reducing regional inequalities, towards the construction and consolidation of democratic participation mechanisms capable of supporting the transforming vocation of the project that elected it for the third time.

The fight against neo-fascism inevitably involves the exemplary punishment of those responsible for the attempted coup d'état – and their sponsors – and will only become a reality with a significant popular participation organized in workplaces, schools, universities and research centers and daily in social networks. social.

Lula on the Planalto and anti-fascist militancy in the streets!

*Pedro Tierra is a poet and former president of the Perseu Abramo Foundation.


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