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Brazil | Lula Arrested: How Successful a Coup?

by Immanuel Wallerstein

On April 7, 2018 in Brazil Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva was arrested and taken to prison in Curitiba to begin a twelve-year sentence. He was Brazil’s president from January 2003 to January 2011. He was so popular that when he left office in 2011, he had a 90% approval rate.

Brazil | Brazil: ‘Free Lula!’ Protest Continue in Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte

Demonstrators marched through the country’s largest city chanting “Free Lula Now!”

Demonstrators, including trade union and political party representatives, marched through Brazil‘s largest city Sao Paulo late Wednesday chanting “Free Lula!”. The protesters are a continuation of the series of protest, which began last week, calling for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’ da Silva be freed from prison.

France | French workers oppose both presidential election and EU

Organizing Committee for a Break with the European Union and the Fifth Republic was formed by several workers’ movements in France. The Committee states it has been already supported by 12,854 French workers. They grouped together around a call affirming that there is nothing to be expected from the coming elections, from the point of view of the workers’ interests, and that a break from the existing institutions is necessary. (This is independent of the position of each on the candidates who are standing).

Ukraine | New Workers’ Party

A new left-wing party is organizing in Donetsk. This initiative was proposed by local leader of Independent Trade Unions Alexander Smekalin. It is expected that the organization will be called the Workers’ Party of Donbas.
The draft program of the new party pays great attention to issues of worker self-management. The document condemns nationalism. At the same time, the Party recognizes the right of nations to self-determination. Marxism in the draft program is not mentioned, but the program is clearly based on the basic principles of Marxism.
With regard to the Soviet Union, a draft program repeats a series of errors typical for the Stalinists. Parties with the same views on the Soviet Union have already existed in the Donbas, so the question arises, what is this party created for? Apparently its main difference is the emphasis on workers’ self-management.