By the Editorial Board
On August 13, the popular democratic newspaper A Nova Democracia (AND) was subject to a reactionary act of sabotage aimed at their headquarters. Disguised as a network technician, the reactionary saboteur gained access to the building that houses AND’s headquarters, and on a different floor, cut the internet and phone cables. The Tribune of the People Support Committee and the Committee to Support the People’s Struggle in Brazil (CSPSB) in Austin carried out an act in solidarity with both AND and the heroic peasant resistance of Corumbiara, agitating and distributing materials meant to educate people in the US about the popular struggle for New Democracy in Brazil.
Although it was unable to stop the paper from continuing in its mission, this act demonstrates the cowardice of reactionaries and fascists alike, who want to silence the leading voice for New Democracy in Brazil without a direct and open confrontation, for fear of expanding the support for the people’s democratic press. It also shows in no uncertain terms the threat reactionaries perceive from AND specifically, and the revolutionary movement in general. The fact that AND has earned the ire of of these cretins is a testament to the good work they do in both their reporting as well as their on-the-ground organizing.
Tribune of the People wishes to express our deepest solidarity with AND as they have shown what it truly means to serve the people. As a shining example for revolutionaries across the world, they have been on the front lines covering combative street clashes with the police as well as general strikes that saw the participation of millions of workers across the country, especially in megacities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. They have also been on the ground in the poorest favelas raising a loud and decisive voice against military police terror and documenting the heroic resistance of the people against state violence. Their coverage even extends to the deepest and most remote areas of the countryside covering the poor peasants’ fight for land and the Indigenous struggle in defense of their rights and territory.
On the front pages of their newspaper, which they distribute to the widest and deepest sections of the people, they loudly and consistently denounce the reactionary Old State for its land-selling service to imperialism, its genocidal campaign against the poor, its alliance with the large landowners and their brutal repression of poor peasants, its dismantling of public health and education, and for its relentless exploitation of the working people.
The Editorial Board of AND has provided an indispensable analysis of the political situation in Brazil, which has been proven correct time and time again. Their understanding of the deepening crisis of bureaucratic capitalism and the necessity of the Old State to carry out a preventative counterrevolutionary coup, as well as their analysis of the struggle between the more openly-fascist Bolsonaro administration and the thinly-veiled fascists of the High Command of the Armed Forces to institute this coup are just two examples of predictions come true. They have also put forward masterful analyses of international significance, such as setting the line for the international movement on the coronavirus and the current economic crisis sweeping the globe.
No hardship can make these comrades falter in their struggle against the reactionary Old State, because as revolutionaries they understand that none of us can be free from exploitation and oppression until all of us are. They have taken up the banner of New Democracy and refuse to lower it in the face of psychological warfare and attempts to silence them. Tribune of the People has taken great inspiration from the comrades at AND and we strive every day to live up to the incredibly high standard they have set for revolutionary press.
As they face attacks from the state, AND has asked for support from readers to continue to sustain their important operations. Below is a statement they have asked their supporters to share far and wide.
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While the newspapers and magazines of the bourgeoisie and the big landowners earn great amounts of money from governments, engineering and construction companies, large industrialists, etc., to misinform and attack the struggles of the peoples and national interests, the newspaper A Nova Democracia (The New Democracy) does not receive a penny from monopolies, big bourgeoisie, landowners, party funds, NGOs, etc.
The history of the popular, democratic and revolutionary press in our country teaches us that, at all times, the people in struggle, the revolutionaries, the real democrats and progressives have sustained their press and defended it.
In every struggle of our people, there was an independent and combative tribune informing and encouraging the masses to fight.
Thus we have continued to advance, exist and resist for over 17 years.
Today, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, A Nova Democracia continues to stand firm and keep our news portal updated daily so that you continue to have high quality information.
Make your donation now and contribute to the support of A Nova Democracia!
THE CLASS STRUGGLE DOES NOT STOP
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