Corrente Comunista Revolucionária (CCR) in Brazil Elections 2016

CCR is Running in Municpal Elections with the PCO

Against the Coup and for the Demands of the Workers!

Corrente Comunista Revolucionária (CCR, Brazil Section of the RCIT), 21 August 2016,




In the upcoming municipal elections in the city of Diadema-Brazil, the CCR is running comrade JOAO EVANGELISTA, a teacher by profession, as its candidate for Deputy Mayor. He will be running on the same ticket as VANDIVAL FERREIRA DOS SANTOS, a construction worker and member of the Workers Cause Party (PCO) who will be running for the office of Mayor. The main objective of our campaign is both to carry on the struggle against the coup and denounce the upcoming elections as a farce.


The PCO commendably implements worker democracy by backing the candidacy of members from various smaller currents and revolutionaries groups which, because of the bureaucratic difficulties involved in officially creating new parties the Brazil, cannot afford to run independently. For this reason, despite some differences we have with the PCO in our respective analyzes of some aspects of the class struggle, we will be running together with them.


For example, in international realm, unlike the PCO, we in the CCR consider Russia and China to be emerging imperialist powers along the lines of the traditional imperialists – the US, EU and Japan. On the other hand, we agree in full with the analyses of our PCO comrades regarding the American-sponsored coups in Honduras, Paraguay, Thailand, Egypt, Ukraine and Turkey; the attempt to overthrow the Government of Venezuela; and the fraudulent elections that led to the victory of Macri on Argentina.


Regarding recent developments in Brazil, the CCR and PCO also share the fundamental agreement that what has taken place on the national level is in fact a real coup; also, that it is necessary to join forces not only to topple the coupist regime, but to mobilize the working class against the neoliberal attacks of the government of the coupist interim president Michel Temer; attacks which will also be continued by any subsequently elected government which will step in and “finalize the legitimacy” of the institutional coup conducted against the government of Dilma Roussef.


In this sense, even if the government of Roussef should return to power, despite all the indications that this would be almost impossible, we in the working class must establish our total class independence in the upcoming struggles against the so-called adjustments, i.e., labor reforms, pension reforms, budget cuts in health, education, in housing, the privatization of the nationally owned assets of Petrobras and the Pre-Salt layers, the proposed 20 year freeze on  investments in health and education, etc. Such resistance must achieved by the calling for a general strike of workers against these attacks.


The Bonapartist repression of social movements, of left-wing parties and anything that even resembles a progressive program is increasingly evident in the country. The recent Olympics in Rio illustrated this very clearly. For example, several spectators who shouted "Out Temer!" or "Down with the Coup!" were summarily expelled from the stadiums. The former President Lula da Silva is being threatened with arrest and activists from the Homeless Workers’ Movement are either being arrested or threatened with arrest based on the anti-terrorism law. Ironically, this diabolical law was passed months ago, during the administration of the very same ousted PT President Roussef.


The youth of the slums on the peripheries, especially those of African descent, are still being massacred. As social media have demonstrated, in Brazilian society there is much intolerance against blacks and LGBT rights. Expressions of “machismo” are manifested themselves in increasing violence against women. Indigenous communities are threatened with losing their land, being expelled by the big landowners and international agribusiness. In short, the poor and oppressed classes must organize themselves to resist exploitation of the capitalist system and the bourgeoisie.


Our candidacies, besides serving to denounce the coup d'état, comes to announce to the public in general and specifically to the workers and oppressed that no election within the capitalist system can be solution to the real problems of the working class. This is fake democracy. Only our organization and mobilization can lead to the independence of the working class against the exploiters: the bourgeoisie. We must not have any confidence in the electoral process, especially at a time when those who fully control the elections are the same persons who perpetrated the coup via parliament, with the support of the judiciary and of the capitalist media.