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(en) Brazil, UNIPA, Stopping the Funeral March: Preparing Self-Defense to End the Genocide of Black People (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 31 Aug 2023 09:11:34 +0300

"Peace is dead, disfigured in the IML The funeral march continues." -- Central Faction ---- The government will resort to incessant coercion, violence, that is, political control, and the ultimate weapon of political control is military power". -- Mikhail Bakunin ---- The funeral march of recent weeks ---- In recent weeks we have had three massacres promoted by the Military Police (PM) in three Brazilian states: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Bahia. The three states are ruled by different political forces. ---- In Bahia, governed by the PT for 20 years, and currently under the leadership of Jerônimo Rodrigues, at least 19 people were killed during actions and police operations carried out in late July and early August. The murders took place in the municipalities of Salvador, Itatim and Camaçari. Bahia is now a national leader in absolute numbers of people killed by the police. According to data from the Public Security Forum, there were 1,464 deaths last year. Almost all of the dead were black.

In Guarujá, on the south coast of São Paulo, there were 16 murders by the Military Police of the Tarcísio (PL) government. The action is police revenge for the death of the Rota da PM soldier shot during an operation in Vila Zilda.

In Vila Cruzeiro, located in Complexo da Penha, north of the city of Rio de Janeiro, at least 10 people were murdered by the Military Police of Claudio Castro (PL). In recent weeks, we also had the murder of a 13-year-old black man, Thiago Menezes, in Cidade de Deus, in the West Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Last Sunday, Eloá Passos, aged 5, and Wendell Eduardo, aged 17, were also murdered in a police operation.

The ultimate weapon of political control is military power.

The lucrative war on drugs is today the institutional excuse for the exercise of state violence in the favelas. The left in power (the PT, the Lula government and their allies) helped to incarcerate thousands of young black people in the last two decades with the approval of the drug law, transforming these young people into a collective work force for criminal factions.

Whether in left or right governments, the Military Police, one of the armed arms of the State, has exterminated working black people, especially its youth. Mikhail Bakunin pointed out that "if[the State]is not able to instil habitual obedience to its authority through persuasion and other peaceful methods, the government will resort to incessant coercion, violence, i.e. political control, and the ultimate weapon of political control is military power" (Statism and Anarchy, 1873).

The funeral march of the last few weeks reveals how the death penalty exists in the favelas and urban peripheries in the form of massacres. The State legalized, through the action of the police forces, the summary execution of young black men in Brazil. These forces are an expression of state tyranny. The function of the Military Police is to defend itself as a State and defend the ruling classes, maintain the system of injustice and inequality that organizes the country.

Bakunin asserted that "no state, however democratic it may be (...) can give the people what they really want, namely, the free self-organization and administration of their own affairs from the bottom up, without any interference or violence from above." from above, because every State (...) is in essence only a machine governing the masses from above" (Statism and Anarchy, 1873). In this sense, any political strategy aimed at combating the genocide of black people in Brazil must start from the understanding that the State is an active part of this systematic violence and that the solution to this problem does not involve statist measures, but, necessarily, the self-defense of black working people.

This self-defense is an expression of popular self-determination against the military power of the State, which found in massacres a political weapon to control black people. It is up to the anarchist revolutionaries in Brazil to dispel any illusion of a statist solution to the question of the genocide of the black people and to wave the flag of popular self-defense in the workplace, study and housing of the working class.

Fight, create popular self-defense!

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