On September 7th, acts against the government of Jair Bolsonaro (no party) joined the traditional Cry of the Excluded and of the Excluded, which for 27 years is a counterpoint to the official celebrations of Independence Day. In this edition, the motto was “Life in the First Place”.
More than 300,000 people protested in about 200 municipalities in national and foreign territory, according to estimates by the National Campaign “Fora Bolsonaro”, an association of more than 80 entities that have called demonstrations since May this year.
“The streets are now marked between those who defend democracy and food on the plate and those who defend dictatorship and the rifle. Our cry will continue in defense of the people,” said Josué Rocha, coordinator of the Fora Bolsonaro Campaign.
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In dozens of cities, the protests were accompanied by actions of solidarity, with the collection and donation of tons of food to the population most affected by hunger.
In addition to demanding immediate solutions for one of the worst moments of the economic and social crisis, the protesters repudiated the coup threats by Bolsonaro, who has been calling for military intervention against the Judiciary and Legislative powers.
“Without a doubt, we had the greatest Cry of the Excluded in these 27 years of existence, but the important thing was to carry out this act facing every fascist discourse and every narrative of fear constructed by the coupists,” stated Rocha.
In the capital of São Paulo, the act promoted the collection of 15 tons of non-perishable food, destined for needy families in the capital of São Paulo.
The coordinator of the People Without Fear Front and the Homeless Workers Movement (MTST), Guilherme Boulos (Psol), got on the sound system and spoke to around 50,000 people in the Anhangabaú Valley, in the center of São Paulo.
“We are heirs of a generation that gave their lives for democracy, of a generation that was tortured, persecuted, censored and murdered. We are not going to hand over our freedom to them,” he cried.
Rio de Janeiro
In Rio de Janeiro (RJ), the act brought together more than 30,000 people in the center of the city, according to estimates by the Frentes Brasil Popular and Povo Sem Fedo. In the evaluation of the organizers, this is the largest number of participants in the history of the Cry of the Excluded and the Excluded in Rio.
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“Youth are making up the 27th Cry of the Excluded because the Brazilian people can no longer stand this genocidal government that kills by bullets, hunger and the virus,” said Maíra Marinho, from the national coordination of the Popular Youth Movement in Rio.
With the motto “In the struggle for popular participation, health, food, housing, work and income, now!”, the Cry of the Excluded in Paraná took place this year in the Nova Esperança community, in the municipality of Campo Magro, metropolitan region of Curitiba.
The location chosen for was symbolic. About 1,200 families have been living in the occupation since May 2020, in a public area in the State of Paraná, which has been abandoned for over 12 years.
“Fighting for housing is symptomatic in a country that is so unequal in terms of land division and that needs Agrarian Reform and Urban Reform”, highlighted councilor Renato Freitas (PT), who represents movements on the outskirts of Curitiba.
In the federal capital, the protest gathered thousands of people in the TV Tower, in the central area. According to the organizers, the act was attended by about 5 thousand people. The DF Military Police does not estimate the public.
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The act was marked by the diversity of social representations and workers, from public servants, family farmers, indigenous people, LBGTQIA+ population, women’s movement, black movement and students.
In the capital of Minas Gerais, the act to end the Bolsonaro government began at around 9 am in Praça Afonso Arinos, downtown. Asking for “vaccine, bread, work and education”, the protest went to Praça da Estação, where it was closed.
In Florianópolis (SC), the rain did not stop the demonstrators from leaving their homes. The concentration was at Largo da Alfândega, downtown, which was packed. With shouts of “Out, Bolsonaro”, the march traveled through the central region.
In the capital Fortaleza (CE), the meeting point was at Praça da Cruz Grande, in the Serrinha neighborhood. During the concentration, religious leaders performed an ecumenical act. According to the organizers, 10,000 people participated.
The interior of the state also registered Cry of the Excluded. Among the municipalities mobilized were Crato, Crateús, Canindé, Tamboril, Itapipoca and Caiucaia, with the presence of representatives of social pastorals, popular movements, unions and political parties.
#7SForaBolsonaro | In Recife, the Grito dos Excluídos is already on the streets with the participation of popular movements, unions, parliamentarians and various popular organizations in defense of life, vaccine and against hunger and unemployment.
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In Recife, the organizers registered an audience of 15 thousand people and an expressive participation of parliamentarians from the progressive camp, in addition to the participation of union and movement leaders.
In Petrolina, in the Pernambuco hinterland, the keynote of the Grito dos Excluídos was solidarity actions.
Instead of the march in the center of the city, the movements and entities turned their strength to holding a solidarity breakfast and artistic and cultural activities in João de Deus, a peripheral neighborhood in the northern part of the city.
Actions against hunger
In the municipality of Picos, in the interior of Piauí, an ecumenical act marked the donation of more than 8.5 tons of food from peasant agriculture donated to families in 16 districts of the city.
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In Londrina, Paraná, families from the Eli Vive Settlement donated more than 3 tons of food during the activity of the Grito dos Excluídos and Excluídas.
In Santa Maria da Vitória (BA), a meeting of unions, pastorals, student organizations and social movements ended with the launch of a joint campaign against hunger, with food collection.
In Campo Magro, in the Metropolitan Region of Curitiba (PR), a community bakery was inaugurated in the occupation of the Nova Esperança community, which promises to strengthen food production and generate income for the population.
In Brasília (DF), healthy food produced by Agrarian Reform territories was donated.
Edition: Vinícius Segalla