During the week of July 16, numerous revolutionary organizations in cities and towns across Brazil demonstrated their international solidarity with Austin’s Targeted Three. Participating organizations included revolutionary newspaper A Nova Democracia (AND), as well as the Brazilian Center for Solidarity with the People (Cebraspo), Popular Women’s Movement (MFP), the Workers’ League (LO), the League of Poor Peasants (LCP), as well as several other Popular Solidarity and Sanitary Committees and youth organizations.
The coordinated actions represent an inspiring show of international solidarity with those struggling against the racist police in the US and by extension the imperialist state. The activists who took up the campaign were able to connect the state repression of protesters in the US during the May Uprisings with the repression faced by the popular movement in Brazil, demonstrating that the role of police as the foot soldiers of the Old State and the ruling class around the world.
The Editorial Board of Tribune of the People would like to express our profound gratitude for the overwhelming display of support for and solidarity with Austin’s Targeted Three and the campaign against the state repression of activists in the movement for Black lives. The following is an unofficial translation of the A Nova Democracia article “Brasil: Ações em defesa dos três perseguidos de Austin“
On July 16, in São Paulo, in front of the Yankee Consulate General, protesters gathered to denounce the Yankee imperialist state’s action against the three persecuted political activists in Austin. Austin’s Targeted Three are being prosecuted and have been unjustly accused and criminalized in the witch hunt for ‘anti-fascists’ sparked by Trump and the FBI.
In the demonstration of solidarity, several posters and a large banner were extended with the Target company symbol (one of the pillars of criminalization), and with messages in Portuguese and English crying out: “Defend the Austin’s targeted three!” Those present also expressed the Brazilians’ solidarity with the American people and fighters, through the reading of a manifesto and slogans.
In the city center of São Paulo, in Praça da República, several pamphlets were distributed to the people and the situation of Austin’s Targeted Three was clarified for those passing by. Many people expressed support for the struggle of the workers and Black and oppressed people in the United States (USA). One of the passers-by told the AND team: “It doesn’t just happen in the USA, it also happens here in Brazil, so it’s a fight for everyone.”
Rio de Janeiro
In Rio de Janeiro, also on July 16, about 30 activists gathered at Largo da Carioca in defense of the Three, and also to reject the mass arrest of another 10,000 demonstrators during the May Uprisings in that country and denounce the living conditions of the American people.
The activists spoke about the persecution by the Yankee imperialist state of those who took part in the rebellion in late May, in particular by the three accused in Austin; denounced the situation of poverty, unemployment, and mass genocide due to the Covid-19 pandemic among the American people and carried out a leafleting activity in defense of the freedom of the three political prisoners among passers-by.
At the end of the action, the activists went to the Brazilian Center for Solidarity with the Peoples (Cebraspo) for a presentation on the uprisings of that month and a greater political understanding of the systematic and brutal persecution of those who rebel against the old order, followed by a debate and food.
In Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais), also on the 16th, a group of young people, women, and workers carried out a public demonstration. In a speech, one of the protesters stated that “defending the right to fight is very important, since the fascist escalation is all over the world and the Austin Three are being criminalized for defending this neglected right by the reactionary government of Donald Trump, who is chasing immigrants, the poor, and Black people, cowardly attacked by groups of fascists and the armed wing of the Yankee imperialist state.”
In addition, a group of civil construction workers saluted the fighters of the American people and joined with comrades from the Popular Women’s Movement (MFP), who also saluted.
A leaflet was also distributed at the Lagoinha subway station. Posters and a banner stamped: “In defense of Austin’s Targeted Three! It is right to rebel!”
Long live proletarian internationalism!
Death to imperialism!
We salute the American people who are fighting the beast of imperialism.
We demand the release of the three comrades from Austin because we understand that to fight is not a crime and that it is right to rebel!
[…] because the Old State’s only answer is to criminalize our youth, to criminalize those who raise their voices to protest this situation. This situation of nothing to the people, everything to a minority. If we did a survey to know who are these people that are dying it would be known that the majority of them are the poor Black people living in the poor neighborhoods.
We are making a campaign to defend the Austin’s Targeted Three. Three comrades who were in a protest and, just for filming it, they were targeted as terrorists in the USA. We need to defend these comrades, too. I think this protest here arises based on what happens in the United States, with the slaughter of poor people around the whole world.
The persecution of these comrades is the same thing that happens here. And what Trump does, which is an expression of imperialism in all of Latin America, to persecute all those who struggle for the people.
The question here is not to end the police, no. It is to end this fascist state that kills poor people, that kills the residents of poor neighborhoods, that kills Black people every day. As long as this state remains, it will defend those who have interests counter to those of the people.
Long live Proletarian Internationalism!
Down with Imperialism!”
In Goiânia, the Popular Solidarity Committee and the AND Support Committee distributed leaflets to the people denouncing the persecution of Austin political prisoners. The activists held the action in Praça do Bandeirante, located on Avenida Goiás with Avenida Anhanguera, the busiest intersection in the city.
In addition to the leaflets distributed, a banner was raised with the slogan “Defend Austin’s Targeted Three!” and several interventions were made with a loudspeaker for the entire population present, denouncing the content of the persecutions, emphasizing the need to defend the Targeted Three, as well as defending the right to organize and fight, in addition to interventions on the deepening crisis situation around the world.
The activists also denounced the shameful role that the Brazilian State plays in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and how the people are left to their own devices. They pointed out that in the face of such a scenario, the tendency is that more and more people from all over the world, including Brazil, rise up to fight and hence the importance of not letting those who participate in any form of demonstration or organization be criminalized. In addition, at the beginning of the week, before the 16th, an action in Aparecida de Goiânia, state of Goiás, had already taken place as part of the campaign, as previously reported by AND.
In Pinhais, metropolitan area of Curitiba (Paraná), the Sanitary Committee for Popular Defense made a banner and carried out agitation in defense of the Targeted Three. The banner read: “Defend Austin’s three political prisoners!”
Peasants Join the Campaign
In the cities of Pedras de Maria da Cruz, Januária, and Montes Claros (all in the North of Minas Gerais), on the 15th and 16th, there was also an act of solidarity. The region’s League of Poor Peasants (LCP), in response to the call, distributed more than 1,000 pamphlets and 50 posters were pasted in shops, villages, and peasant neighborhoods. Discussions and study of the editorial of the newspaper Tribune of the People were also carried out.
Area peasants in the interior of Pernambuco, with a well-known history of struggle and resistance, also joined the international campaign.
Austin’s Targeted Three
The case of the three political prisoners in Austin concerns the imprisonment of three people unjustly accused of “participating in a riot” and “assaulting a building” during the great May Uprising in the USA, in the city of Austin (Texas). One of the defendants is a young woman, mother, and Black woman, whose only “crime” was to film the protest that took place in front of the Target store, without even entering the building or taking any action.
There is also no evidence against the other two defendants other than the assumption that they would be in protest at the time and were “known members of the anti-fascist organization,” as if it were a crime to be against fascism, although they never claimed to be members of any organization.