Evict FIFA From Brazil: 33,000 On Strike, 55 Killed In World Cup’s War Against Working People

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The most vibrant community north of Rio de Janeiro has been invaded and occupied by army soldiers and military police.

In 1964, tanks ordered by capitalists rolled into Rio de Janeiro, and imposed a brutal military dictatorship in Brazil, which tortured and killed political prisoners.

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50 years later, as demonstrators were chanting in the streets “fascism nunca mais” (fascism never again) – and were attacked by the military police because of this –the government was ordering army soldiers and military police to invade and occupthe most politically and socially active communities of Mare in northern Rio de Janeiro, so that the International Olympic Committee can build a stadium for their games in 2016, and social protests against the World Cup can be suppressed more easily.

The criminality of the State and of “the capitalist accumulation by dispossession” enforced on working people for decades now by FIFA and IOC have broken all records in Brazil.

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“Hey, reactionary, come live in the favela: here the state is minimal and it has military intervention.” (“reaÇa” is short for reactionary, it’s pronounced “reassa”)

This is where they will be stopped. They must be. What they do in Brazil and in Qatar simply cannot be accepted and tolerated by any decent person on this planet. No profit can justify this. FIFA and IOC must be condemned by the entire international community – states won’t do it, so working people everywhere must – or they will be accomplices to their crimes in Brazil.

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There is an open war going on, unleashed by the state of Brazil against its civilian population. Its last victim is the complex of Mare, home to 130,000 people, which came under military occupation, as armed soldiers patrolled the streets, flew around in helicopters, and killer cops from BOPE executed kids playing in front of their houses. They imposed a curfew – this is done in times of war – so they can  shoot anyone they find on the streets after dark at will.

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They have executed at least 45 people in the first 55 days of this year, many of them kids. When they beat and electrocuted a child to death last year, later killed other kids, and even bragged about it, protests and civil actions against the government broke out.

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This video, translated in English, explains what followed next: “pacification” means tear-gassing a 4 month old baby in its crib, throwing bombs at kids having a party because they played one anti-police song, and terrorizing and threatening parents so they don’t seek justice for their family members that are abused by cops. It also shows how police shoot at people in broad daylight. Because they can:

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“Community photographer and activist, Raull Santiago posted “The police declares war/revenge on national television, enters the favelas killing at random, spilling rivers of blood in the alleys and lanes… Meanwhile the hypocritical, alienated, accommodated society applauds with praise this type of action, legitimizing the hate, death and chaos.” Source

Now tanks, helicopters and armed soldiers want to make sure that nobody dares to protest when they kill the children of working people. BOPE – the military police death squads – are openly bragging about their killings on Facebook. Their law is to go into favelas to kill. Against the bullets of capitalists, all people have are words, strikes, and stones.

Police and government forces call their military occupation “pacification,” which means that police will impose full control over the communities of Mare. They use this word, “pacification,” so they can criminalize working poor people, in order to subjugate them even more: it’s something capitalists always do – in the United States working people are threatened with legislation mandating drug tests if they claim benefits (while banks whitewash drug money), in Europe they are constantly called lazy, so they can be fired and deprived of their autonomy more easily.

In Brazil the excuse for the military occupation is the phony “war on drugs.” After the pacification is complete, the police will probably control the drug trafficking, as they do in other favelas they “pacified.”

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The overwhelming majority of the people living in Mare have nothing to do with drugs – but they are treated as criminals by the state just because they are not under the control of the police, and because they relentlessly oppose the World Cup. The real reason why they’re targeted with military tyranny is that they are some of the most politically active people in Rio: there are at least 100 self-organized communities here which fight economic injustice and crimes against working people. In this documentary, a kid asks how could he not become a rebel if the police killed his father? The culture of violence and crime inflicted by the State of Brazil on the civilian population is expressed clearly by kids in their school drawings.

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Workers’ self-defence

As Pele claims workers dying for FIFA is “normal”, the working class have no choice but to emulate Garis, and to strike. It just so happens that when IOC and FIFA bring out the tanks, people find other ways to resist them: 30,000 workers are on strike which stopped projects for the Olympic Games and the World Cup, and this time they are supported by unions.

12109_818675051495766_8651460117082701270_nIt’s “normal” for workers to be killed for FIFA, said the most famous football player in Brazil, Pele, who is expected to make tons of money from the World Cup. Capitalists are worried that tourists have heard how unsafe Brazil will be during the World Cup. If there’s no safety for people living in Brazil, why should there be any for tourists? If tourists don’t care about the crimes committed by the State of Brazil and FIFA for their bloody game, they don’t deserve safe travels. By not boycotting the World Cup, these tourists are encouraging the police to kill more poor people. However, it’s not people protesting putting the lives of tourists at risk, but the state and the military police themselves, they have already proven this.

So maybe Pele could lie less about it, and tourists should worry in fact that they are to become accomplices to capitalists’ crimes against working people in Brazil, when they support FIFA’s World Cup. Pele said earlier that they “can’t have a World Cup with hospitals” – to him it does not matter how many sick people are sacrificed for the FIFA’s profits.

If working people are so disposable, like Pele outrageously implies, their strikes are not. Teachers are taking it to the streets everywhere in Brazil. Health care workers have protested and later occupied a hospital demanding better care for the patients.

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Garis workers’ strikes are expanding, now they have reached Sao Paulo and other cities. State repression has made workers in Brazil understand that if they stand united they cannot be defeated. They strike for better pay and reduced working hours. They know that capitalists can’t attack all the working people in Brazil, no matter how many cops they have. There are relentless protests against the hikes of the public transportation, going on and off for almost a year now. And they will not stop protesting to stop the World Cup, regardless of the fact that the state employs repression and violence against them.

“In its incessant thirst for profits, the bourgeoisie always pays the lowest possible wage to workers and even less than what is necessary for them to be able to survive. When this happens (and is exactly what is happening today in all capitalist countries, in particular in Brazil), the working population gets sick, dies early and their children grow with great physical and mental problems. Life is becoming unbearable for all who live on this wage slavery.”

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“To stop this genocide practiced under capitalism, the working class must struggle to raise wages and prevent its demise, as well as to establish a real minimum wage, reduce the workday and expand social insurance, such as health and public education. Not fighting this battle is to yield cowardly to the tyranny of capital and to deprive yourself of the opportunity to develop larger movements… Following the example of Garis from Rio de Janeiro, workers have understood that they have the power, not the bourgeoisie.” Source

Mare came under military tyranny because it is located north of Rio, where the International Olympic Committee wants to have a stadium built for their 2016 games. Days after tanks invaded Mare, the IOC officials were complaining that the construction of the Deodoro complex, an area in northern Rio which is supposed to house the second largest cluster of Olympic venues, have not started yet.

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“Pacification” is linked to a city project whose planning is designed to host World Cup and the Olympic games, and communities are gentrified by capitalists at gunpoint. This video shows the map of the capitalist gentrification which will result in 120,000 people being forcefully evicted by the state, who steal their land to turn it into real estate profits. It could be even more, as reports have shown that in 2010 alone,  170,000 people were targeted by the government to be forcefully evicted because of the 2016 Olympics and 2014 World Cup.

The map of the occupation reveals that the primary goal is to make business investments which do not meet the interests and rights of the population. In all favelas in the South Zone hotel hallway units were installed. The North Zone communities around the Maracana, the Sambadrome and, now, bordering the Red Path of tourists between Galeão Airport and South Zone Line were occupied. The same goes for the Port Region. Out of this axis, we have the City of God, Batan and Vila Kennedy, latest. The analysis of the mapping of peace makes something clear: the primary mission of the project is to give security to capital interested in the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.” Source

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In other words, “capitalist accumulation by dispossession.” It’s what FIFA and IOC do wherever they go: militarize cities, exclude and punish people for being vulnerable and poor, and leave behind a trail of suffocating debts which are paid by working people.

Is there anyone still surprised IOC have been run by an openly fascist tyrant? Is there anyone surprised that FIFA officials complain publicly about “too much democracy” and demand that the countries they invade are ruled by tyrants? Is there anyone surprised that FIFA is helped by the ever more militarized European police at the highest level to police in Brazil into repressing people “like professionals”? The video below is part of this documentary and it shows the state ideologues hypocrisy. They all forget their justification for the state as “the monopoly of violence” and when the state is employing violence they suddenly claim it’s some sort of pacifist entity.

However, while Brazil is buying tanks from Germany, FIFA is getting assistance from the brutal French riot police: “French police captain Jean-Louis Sanche says Brazilian police are used to skirmishes in the favelas but not large-scale riots. ‘The way you work in the favelas is different to the way you work in large events, there’s a difference in the way you use your resources. We are here to pass on this knowledge,’ he said.” Right, tanks make all the difference. You just must love these Europeans, exporting their “civilization” everywhere.

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It’s not unusual for European police, after all. During a training in Scotland, French and Italian police complained that the Scottish police were too “gentle” and bragged that in their countries “the threat of being shot (during a riot) is huge.” Yeah, we all remember Carlo Giuliani. In the uprising of Paris in 1968, de Gaulle came just an inch close to send 20,000 army troops to massacre students and workers. “¡No queremos olimpiadas, queremos revolución! (“We don’t want Olympics, we want revolution!”)” were chanting students in Mexico the same year,1968, 10 days before the Olympic Games. On October 2, 1968, the state uniforms opened fire, killing hundreds and arresting over 1,300 people, benefiting from the United States’ assistance in repression. It is known as the Tlatelolco massacre: “The year 1968 in Mexico City was a time of expansiveness and the breaking down of barriers: a time for forging alliances among students, workers, and the marginal urban poor and challenging the political regime. It was a time of great hope, seemingly on the verge of transformation. Students were out in the streets, in the plazas, on the buses, forming brigades, “going to the people.” There were movement committees at each school and heady experiences of argument, exploration, and democratic practice. There was no central leader. Families were drawn in, whole apartment buildings and neighborhoods. A revolution was happening – not Che‘s revolution – but a revolution from within the system, nonviolent, driven by euphoria, conviction, and the excitement of experimentation on the ground.” — Dissent Magazine

Not long ago, in UK after riots broke out, the government came close to deploying armed soldiers on the streets. In fact they train soldiers to squash protests – funny, they considered this in case riots happened during the Olympic Games.

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Now that tanks roll over Mare and BOPE killers, shooting kids playing on the streets, FIFA’s secretary general’s wish came true. A year ago, Jerome Valcke requested “less democracy” in Brazil, because “sometimes it is better for organising a World Cup.”

Much of the hatred of these institutions towards working people comes from their past, and it explains the fundamentals of their actions today.

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‘We are the Masters . . . for a few more months.’ Samaranch, fourth from right, surrounded by fascist deadbeats in 1974 mourning Adolf Hitler. Source

“In 1980 Samaranch introduced the institutionalised corruption of the fascist Franco regime to the IOC. He encouraged members to steal – if they wanted – from cities bidding to host the Olympics. Grateful, they gave him all the loyalty he required. It was so very Franco. Who cared that he believed the wrong team won World War Two? A card-carrying, right-arm waving, uniform-wearing nazi-sympathiser for 37 years? Not a problem at the IOC – or in the Olympic media rooms. Just as much a taboo subject for the reporters.” Source

Samaranch was an ally of the fascist Franco who stopped in bloodshed the Spanish Revolution in 1939, enforcing his tyranny which ended in 1975. “Born in 1920 to a wealthy factory owner in Barcelona, Samaranch knew with bloody clarity from his youth which side he was on. When General Francisco Franco’s fascists fought the Spanish Republicans during the 1936 Spanish Civil War, the teenage Juan Antonio was already an active fascist youth organizer and professional strike breaker.”

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Samaranch in fascist uniform on his knees before the murdererous dictator General Franco (second left) in 1967. They claimed to have God on their side.

Saramanch fought alongside fascists to kill the libertarian revolution in Spain, when 8 million working people came close to getting rid of the slavery of the state and capitalism.

“Up until the dictator’s death (Franco) in 1975, Samaranch proclaimed himself “one hundred per cent Francoist. As a sportsman, Samaranch believed in the ideals of his IOC predecessor Avery Brundage: that the Olympics should aspire to be an orgiastic celebration of nationalism and power. In fact, the grand difference between Brundage and Samaranch was who they would choose as their favorite fascist – with Brundage being more of a Hitler man. But other than that quibble, Samaranch saw Brundage as a kindred spirit.

As journalist Andrew Jennings wrote in his book, Lords of the Rings, “Three decades of devotion to fascism had taught Samaranch a peculiar language. All the institutions in Spain—the monarchy, politics, the church, industry and its workers—were forced into slavish obedience; the dictator and his mouthpieces called it ‘sacred unity.’ This has been one of Samaranch’s contributions to Olympic jargon. He calls frequently for the ‘unity’ of the Olympic movement and hails the ‘sacred unity’ of the committee, the international sports barons and the national Olympic committees around the world; all of course under his leadership.”

“The IOC under his watch was transformed from Cold War spectacle into a neoliberal Trojan Horse: an invading corporate sledgehammer of privatization and payoffs….

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Samaranch gets a kick out of shaking Franco’s hand that signed thousands of death warrants.

Samaranch’s legacy is not seen, as reports are saying, in the IOC’s financial health or their multi-billion dollar television deals. It’s seen in the bankruptcy and riots in Greece, precipitated by the billions in debt incurred from the 2004 games. It’s seen in the near two million people displaced in Beijing before the 2008 festivities. It’s seen in the protests in Chicago to keep the Olympics out of the Windy City, and the protests this past winter in Vancouver once the Olympics were in. Samaranch’s lasting contribution is taking the beauty of sport and turning the Olympic movement into a sporting shock doctrine of disaster capitalism. He made our cities commercial franchises for his twisted, Francoist version of the Olympic ideal.

At his funeral, his successor Jacque Rogge said, “I pledge in the name of the International Olympic Committee that we shall preserve and perpetuate his legacy and his heritage.” Truer words were never spoken.” Source

What better description of capitalists than this: IOC, “a foul band reeking of corruption, half were chosen by former president Juan Antonio Samaranch, a devoted Fascist in Franco’s Spain.”

This is just an epic article describing each of the IOC members for what they are: a foul band renking of corruption and crime, half of them—eight of them princes or princesses—having been chosen personally by Samaranch: “So where’s Keyser Söze? Is he a homophobe in the Kremlin, preparing caviar menus for the Lords?”

No wonder FIFA loves Putin and already announced to everybody – even the Russian voters – that he will be their president in 2018. More proof that FIFA and IOC are not about sports but about profits.

“Pacification” means military police are allowed to fire lethal ammunition against residents,such as these protesting in the Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro:

This is why “the battle for Rio is far from over. Remember when you see protests at the 2014 World Cup, it is happening because Brazil’s government, in conjunction with FIFA, has chosen to turn a soccer tournament into a real estate land grab.” Source

Theft from public money

There’s a pattern here, which has never been investigated. Private contracts from the public budget end up costing up to 100 times more, at the end of the Olympics. This theft plunges countries in crisis with debts which are blamed on its working classes, who are made to endure incredible punishments. Numbers are quite telling.

London’s 2012 Olympics initially were expected to cost some £2.4 billion, and ended up costing 10 times more: £24billion. The Beijing Olympics in 2008 are assumed to have cost $41 billion, but Chinese authorities never disclosed the total sum. It took Montreal 30 years to pay off the debt it accumulated after the 1976 Summer Olympics. Sydney spent $4.8 billion in 2000. Four years later, Athens’s Olympics went a hundred-fold over budget from €123m to €11.5bn.

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This contributed to Greece’s deficit, which threw the country into the Troika’s fascist belly, whose extremist economic policies provoked a humanitarian disaster. In 2010, Vancouver Olympics ended up spending six times the original cost of $1bn. Back in 2007, Russia estimated Sochi would cost $12 billion. It ended up with a bill of $50 billion. It won’t be Putin paying that. In 2010 India’s Commonwealth Games were planned on a budget of $412 million, but spending soared to $15 billion. The chief organizer was detained for some months on corruption charges but has not been convicted. Countries which host the Olympics, including South Korea, China and Greece, declined after the Games. Same happened to Italy after the 2006 Winter Olympics: two years later, it was suffocated by a debt crisis.

Olympic economic war games

In 2007, the UN-funded Centre for Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) concluded that over the past 20 years, the Olympic games, have forced two million evictions. The Olympics were listed as one of the top causes of displacement and real-estate inflation in the world.

The research details that the levels of forced displacement have increased in each successive city. The 1988 Seoul games witnessed the eviction of 720,000 people, where it was used by the military dictatorship to turn Seoul from a city maintained by and for its people into a corporate city owned by the privileged. The 2008 Beijing Olympics oversaw the eviction of 1.25 million residents to make way for the games.

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Predictably, the report shows that the evictions disproportionally affect the homeless, the poor and ethnic minorities. Beyond forced displacement, the Olympics succeed in longer-term economic displacement of working class areas of host cities. The COHRE report shows that the Olympics significantly accelerate the process of inflating real-estate prices. For instance, in Sydney, host to the 2000 games, rents increased by an astounding 40%, between 1993, the year it was selected, and 1998. Whereas in the same period, neighboring city Melbourne saw only a 10% rise.

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The 1996 Atlanta Olympics resulted in the demolishing of 2,000 public housing units – evicting 6,000 residents, in addition to the 30,000 residents who were displaced as a direct result of gentrification brought on by the Olympic ‘development’. Indeed, as if to say that the poor and black of Atlanta had not suffered enough, the city issued over 9,000 arrest citations for the city as part of a concerted ‘clean up’ effort, a kind of ‘two-week face lift’.

At the time, the New York Times reported that the Atlanta urban renewal projects saw ‘virtually every aspect of Atlanta’s civic life transformed’. In the Summerhill neighborhood adjacent to the Olympic stadium, for example, 200 slum houses had been levelled, while “clean, colorful subdivisions have risen in their place”. As one business owner candidly explained, speaking of the poor and homeless “even if it means busing these poor guys to Augusta for three weeks and feeding them, we ought to do it.  It sounds very brutal for me to say it, but they can’t stay here for the Olympics.”

A similar trend is found in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in which the COHRE study found that, in addition to the 2,500 evictions, housing prices rose 139% for sale and 145% for rentals in the period from 1986, the year it was selected to 1993. The same period saw a 76% decrease in public housing availability. In addition, the areas surrounding the Olympic Village site witnessed the displacement of over 90% of its Roma population.

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Brazil: where corruption is art, and protest is crime.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics saw the forced displacement of 1.5 million residents, impacting the poorest rural migrants  living in the city’s outskirts, with watchdog groups claiming that the relocation saw declines in living conditions by as much as 20%.

The 2010 Vancouver Games targeted the homeless, indigenous, and women with eviction notices, criminalising  begging and sleeping outdoors, and introducing a law banning placards, banners or posters that do not ‘celebrate’ the Olympics or ‘create or enhance a festive environment and atmosphere’.

Policies of ‘cleansing’ have already begun in the favelas that encircle the city of Rio de Janeiro. Residents have been forcibly evicted at gun-point, as part of the government policy of  ‘pacification involving over 3,000 (now they are 9,000) military personal invading to ‘take control’ of the slum areas. This has resulted in street battles and the death of more than 30 residents.” Source and more information here, here, here and here.    

FIFA and IOC’s sexist sponsors fit well in this picture. No wonder people protest all these corporate sponsors.

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This graffiti is very brutal, but this is how people perceive FIFA’s gentrification: as raping communities.

In a 2012 report, “Genocide and Spectacle” anarchists explained the context in Rio de Janeiro “The racial questions inherently connected with the history of Rio de Janeiro.  If today there exists policy of barbarity besieging this city, surely it is because  it is direct descendant of the slave regime. 

Favela is an exponent of the black cultural resistance that continued developing around cultural manifestations like samba, capoeira and the afrodescendant religiosities  (like candomblé andumbanda), apart from being the natural habitat of genuine underground movement. 

Therefore the Rio police and the modern slave master only substituted  the whip for the rifle. If before the devaluation of life was taken from the status  of the enslaved black, today it is reflected in the personality of the favela‐dweller. What is currently being lived is a civil war, at a level of armed urban conflict unknown in Latin America,  camouflaged as  ‘war against drug‐trafficking’.

In the end, torture, physical elimination and incarceration (that gained public visibility in the military dictatorship for reaching sectors of the middle class) for the black, poor and favela‐dweller were always a reality.

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The UPPs arise as the top of the ‘war’ on drugs, and mark a moment in which the State is finally giving a more effective and energetic answer to the trafficking.  The  permanent  presence of the  police  in the community  means  it  can  act  with total  impunity  (a type  of  undeclared  state  of exception), acting unashamedly through unconstitutionality,constantly invading homes and terrorizing dwellers.

The irony is that in no community where UPP agents currently operate was drug‐trafficking ended; much to the contrary, they continue their trade unabated, where the only change is that the traffickers boast less weapons and increase their bribes to the police, carrying on their business as always.

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The UPP is deeply connected with the process of socio‐economically cleaning up neighbourhoods that is being carried out in  every part of Rio de Janeiro, acting as precursors to an innovative process of gentrification of favelized areas.

As part of their intervention, clandestine connections to electric and water  supply have been cut, causing a drastic increase in the cost of everyday life which most affects the poorest people, and thus enforcing a sort of gradual eviction process.

These operations of mass slaughter, organized by the State and its private partnerships, are only entirely possible after the insertion within communities of the left  arm  of these  interventions: the  NGOs… The  presence  of  these organizations  in  the  communities is, in turn, marked by ambiguity.

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While these institutions ‘provide’ for socio cultural development  locally, their interference is relied upon its placative character from the outset; they make profits possible through tax exemptions and transnational investments, that often make themselves sustainable,in addition to their activities in the mapping and registering of residents, inducing them to assume also the role of informers in the community. There are similar cases involving the most recent social programmes of the federal government next to urban areas classified as ‘areas of risk’ (that are affected by the pilot programme called Fica Vivo, ‘Staying Alive’). “What is the dream of every private company? To register large profits, constantly during the length of time and without risk. The Prefecture of Rio is making this dream a reality for three of them: OAS, Odebrecht and Carioca Engenharia, who jointly form the  consortium tasked to run the Marvelous Port.

The ingenious private public partnership  (PPP) cannot  be seen in any other way: a passing of public money to three large private  contractors, with no apparent benefit for the State.” Source

Nao Vai Ter Copa. There will be no Cup.

It is Brazil that shows once more what the army and the police are really for: clearing the way for capitalists to get their profits.

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Why is the world silent about Brazil? Why is “the international community” accomplice to the open war unleashed against poor working people so that the International Olympic Committee can get its stadium and FIFA can squash social protests against the World Cup (which has become synonymous with economic crimes, corruption, injustice and capitalist attacks against working people)?

Why this deafening silence? What sort of “civilized democracies” are our countries – particularly the European Union which provide assistance for killer cops in Brazil and for FIFA – when they are silent at the sight of tanks, soldiers armed with live ammo, firing squads flying around in helicopters aiming their automatic rifles not at aggressors, but at defenseless, working people, barely making a living in the most unequal country on earth? How can anyone accept in the 21st century another FIFA stadium being built by the work of slaves in Qatar – 1,200 of them being killed so far while laboring to enrich capitalists? When 500 working slaves were already dead, it was a “normal death rate” for the capitalist government of Qatar.

It’s always been “normal” for capitalists to kill workers, but they did not brag about it before: it’s just incredible how bad money dehumanizes people. How many dead workers makes it “abnormal” for capitalists to kill working people for their profits? How can any football player can kick that ball or enjoy this game when he knows that that ball is soaked in workers’ blood, and in the blood of barefoot kids executed by killer cops in Rio because they were black?

Could it be because what is happening in Brazil is actually what will happen in every country, when capitalists confront and attack working class people? After all, it’s not just Brazil that is using military police and arming its soldiers against its own working people: riot police have been militarized, through the back door, in the United States, the Middle East, and in the European Union too.

It’s a fact that can be seen in broad daylight by anyone, but mainstream media are not reporting on it because no government admits it as such. It will be just a matter of time before they unleash them against workers, or students or anyone who resists them – they have always done it. This is why defending people in Brazil from their brutal military police, and from their capitalist ruling classes is to defend ourselves and our kids against them too, because it will be just a matter of time before capitalists will use them against us too. If they need to, they’ll import Brazilian cops overseas, just as the US is helping with surveillance of Brazilian activists, and is rumored to have planned to send police forces to help with the world cup (many Brazilian cops are striking because they know what the world cup will look like).

FIFA and IOC are not about sports. They are about capitalist accumulation and profits. They have been for decades now. It’s not a coincidence that everywhere they go, they use governments – with their police, armies, courts and prisons – to attack working people, steal their homes, their land, to evict poor people from the gentrified communities, and to make innocent people pay for the debts they create so they can make profits out of stadiums, parking lots and malls.

In the old days the Roman slave owners at least had the decency to build the circuses from their own money. Now they use governments to force workers to pay for them, with interest.

FIFA and IOC are the fascist generals waging an economic war against workers and communities because this is how they make their profits. No amount of commercials will be able to hide this anymore. Supporting the World Cup is to be accomplice in their crimes. Instead of FIFA evicting poor people in Brazil, evict FIFA from Brazil.

“Fascism nunca mais”

“On 31 March 1964 a group of Brazilian generals overthrew then-President João Goulart. It began a 21-year military dictatorship, which claimed hundreds of lives and is not processed until today.”

“Yes, most of the businessmen sympathetic to the military regime see it as a necessary reaction to Communism and strengthening of unions. After 1968, the period of greatest economic growth, support was consolidated, and a group of companies helped the dictatorship to suppress opponents. An extreme case was the Danish executive Henning Boilesen. He financed the mounting repression of the Paulista system and attended torture sessions. He was murdered in 1971 by leftist militants. The support of entrepreneurs cooled in the 1970s. “The uncertainties and inflation rates generated dissatisfaction among entrepreneurs and demoralized the alleged rationality of the military government and its technocrats” says economist Plinio de Arruda Sampaio Junior, Unicamp.” Source

We leave you with a documentary on the military dictatorship in Brazil.

 

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