The campaign “More Beans, Less Rifle” began distributing food this Monday morning (6) in Belo Horizonte. The delivery point is at Rua Tamboril, 856, in Bairro Concórdia, in the Northeast region of the capital of Minas Gerais. The action started at 10 am and distributes two kilos of beans per family.
Organized by the Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT MG) and by the unions at its base, the campaign aims to make a counterpoint to the speech of Jair Bolsonaro. In front of the Planalto Palace, a week ago, the president mocked people who prefer to buy food with arms.
“The CAC (hunters, snipers and collectors) is being able to buy a rifle. The CAC who is a farmer buys a 762 rifle. Everyone has to buy a rifle, dammit.” The president added: “I know it costs a lot. ‘Oh, you have to buy beans’. Man, if you don’t want to buy a rifle, don’t piss off anyone who wants to buy it.”
According to CUT Minas, the price of the 762 rifle, quoted by Bolsonaro, is R$ 15 thousand. This was the amount invested by the central and unions, which purchased two tons of beans for the campaign.
The action, in the words of the central, serves as “an example of the attitude that a true statist would adopt in the face of the tragedy that gripped the country.”
Campaigns take place since the beginning of the pandemic
CUT MG has intensified its solidarity actions since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic in Brazil. Since 2020, the center, in partnership with its base unions and popular movements, has already made several distributions of lunchboxes, food baskets and cooking gas to needy families.
In March of this year, one of the actions drew attention for its solidarity with application drivers. In partnership with the Union of Oil Workers of MG (Sindipetro/MG), the center participated in the campaign: “Fuel at a Fair Price” and promoted the sale of gasoline at R$3.50 per liter to drivers and motorcyclists with an application, at a gas station of fuel from Belo Horizonte.
The objective was to demonstrate that the fuel could be costing this amount, were it not for the current pricing policy of Petrobras, based on the international price of oil and on the dollar rate.
Source: BoF Minas Gerais
Edition: Wallace Oliveira