Brazil: Lula promotes latifundium and national subjugation

Featured image: Luiz Inácio posing with Eduardo Riedel, Mato Grosso do Sul’s governor. Source: A Nova Democracia.

Hereby we publish a summarization of an article published in A Nova Democracia. The translations of the excerpts from the article are unofficial.

On 12th of April, the country’s president, Luiz Inácio visited a factory from the meat producer company, JBS, in the federal State of Mato Grosso do Sul (MS), and he made several signals to the latifundium. The visit to MS was not a coincidence, as it is a federal State in which several contradictions that are present in the old Brazilian State are concentrated. A Nova Democracia synthesizes how these topics were mentioned with some signs made by Luiz Inácio: “He posed with the pro-latifundium governor Eduardo Riedel (PSDB), he flattered the big landlord company JBS and promised ‘quality meat’ to China. But, to prevent to be completely rejected, he also promised to buy lands in order to solve the indigenous problem of the State.”

Regarding the Brazilian national subjugation, Luiz Inácio brazenly stated: “Show the Mato Grosso do Sul inhabitants clapping to the Chinese ambassador the day when we export the first shipment of meat from this slaughterhouse to China. In these days there will be many Chinese people eating our meat. Thus, he clearly showed the relation between the latifundium-dominated Brazil, and the national subjugation of the country, in this case to the Chinese social-imperialism interests.

This defense of the latifundium interests, in this case the company JBS, put Luiz Inácio and his government, against the interests of the indigenous people. As Luiz Inácio knows how the struggle for the land has worsened in MS, Luiz Inácio yielded once again proposals similar or linked to the so-called “agrarian reform”. AND explains this: “The governor [Translator’s note: Luiz Inácio] took advantage to make his proposal to Riedel in order to solve the agrarian conflicts which involve the indigenous people: ‘Buy together lands in society to save the Guarani people who live close to Dourados’. The government has promised to buy lands since the election campaign times, but in 2023 not an only meter of land has been bought for the agrarian reform.” Luiz Inácio and the PT always did the same: as AND widely explains in its article, a lot of proposals, promises and enacted laws have been done, and none of them had any result. Facing this difficult situation, the indigenous peoples have carried out up to 13 retakings of lands over the last years. The excuse for the inaction by the PT is the same as always: lack of resources. The governor of MS him self, Riedel, welcomed the end of the polarization and defended the same proposals as the ones from Luiz Inácio “since a decade ago”.

This agreement between the MS’ governor from PSDB, and the government of Luiz Inácio from the PT, also clearly shows the confluence of interests between them, because despite the different parties from bureaucratic capitalism from which they are part, the political parties from the old State agree to attack the people and to defend the latifundium and imperialist interests. AND defines it in this way: The differences between the supporters of the anti-popular proposal make more and more clear how the reactionary coalition, which wants to stop the struggle for the land in Brazil, works. Meanwhile some opportunists want to blame just a name or another, a minister or another, for the problems of the current government. But the speech from Luiz Inácio clearly shows that this is the official position of the government as a whole. It was not unclear, during this one year and four months of government, the way to prevent this struggle – the tendency of militarization against the indigenous question-, but now it is clear that the indigenous peoples cannot rely on the old State to obtain their rights.

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