Reformism, reaction & revolutionary politics in Latin America

4:30pm Saturday 24 August

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About this session

Featuring Alejandro Bodart, this session will discuss the political situation in Latin America today.

The political climate is highly contradictory. On the one hand, there is the defeat of the ‘pink tide’. This was a period of reformist governments in many Latin American countries, which has recently been replaced by a rise of reactionary governments. Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, is a fascist who reveres the country’s former military dictatorship. He is selling off Indigenous land to forestry and mining companies, has threatened to rape women and kill LGBT people, and seeks to crush the left and workers’ movements.

On the other hand, there have been incredible mass movements of women, Indigenous people, and workers across the continent. Recently, thousands marched in Buenos Aires against austerity and for access to abortion. In Brazil millions of workers took strike action against Bolsonaro’s reactionary pension reforms.

This session will assess the ‘pink tide’, discuss new and important organisational challenges, and celebrate inspiring struggles and movements.

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