Tuesday, 22. May 2018

granmaOn the morning of April 19, a historic date on which not only is the first defeat of Yankee imperialism in the Americas commemorated, but Cuba also sees the inauguration of a new government that makes evident the continuity of the new generations with the legacy of the historic generation that founded the Cuban Revolution in the highest leadership positions of the country, compañero Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, offered his first speech as President of the Councils of State and of Ministers of Cuba.

cuba wappenVice President of Cuba, Diaz-Canel, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba, replaces Raul Castro as President of the State Council.

According to Prensa Latina, the Cuban Parliament elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as president of the State Council for a term of five years, the National Electoral Commission announced here today. "From this moment on, you are the new President of the Council of State and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba," Parliament Speaker Esteban Lazo told Diaz Canel an invited him to sit at the presiding chair of the National Assembly.

cuba wappenThe Cuban Parliament is electing Wednesday following the inauguration of the 9th Legislature the nation''s President and the other members of the Council of State.

The 605 lawmakers elected last March 11 by over 7,400,000 voters through secret and direct vote will choose among them the members of the Council of State.

From this vote, which will also be secret, the President -who is Head of State and Government-, the First Vice President, five Vice Presidents, the Council's Secretary and the remaining 23 members of this body will come out.

The Workers’ Party chair, Gleisi Hoffmann, read a letter from Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Monday (16) to supporters who are gathering at the Free Lula camp in Curitiba, where the former president is being held at the Federal Police headquarters.

In his first public statement after his arrest, Lula thanked supporters for their resistance and chants of “good morning” and “good night” they sing outside the Federal Police building every day and night. He also said he is feeling composed.

While the Brazilian religious advocacy group Pastoral Land Commission (Comissão Pastoral da Terra – CPT) was planning the release of a report on the number of people murdered in rural conflicts in Brazil in 2017, another activist was found dead. Last Sunday (15), the body of quilombola leader Nazildo dos Santos Brito, 33, was found with gunshot wounds to the head and ribs in the community originating from a quilomboRemanescentes do Quilombo Turê III, on the border between the cities of Tomé-Açu and Acará, in the northern state of Pará. A quilombola is a resident of quilombos, settlements set up in Brazil’s rural areas, mostly by escaped enslaved people of African descent.

About 10,000 people marched in the city of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, one month after the brutal murder of Brazilian human rights activist and councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes.

The police still have no answers about the people responsible for the shooting. Around the world, dozens of demonstrations were reported on the 14th in at least three continents — the Americas, Europe, and Africa — to protest and remember the murder of Franco and Gomes.

Brazilian housing movements that are part of the People Without Fear Front (Frente Povo Sem Medo) occupied today (16) the beachside apartment ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is falsely accused of owning, even though no evidence of his ownership has ever been found during the investigations of Operation Car Wash, which have led to his trial and later conviction. Lula turned himself in to the Federal Police on April 7th, after judge Sérgio Moro issued an arrest warrant for him, and, since then, Brazil's former president has been held as a political prisoner.

The number of people in extreme poverty in Brazil went up by 11.2% in 2017 over 2016, from 13.34 million to 14.83 million people last year, according to consulting firm LCA Consultores, based on data released on Wednesday (11) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). To draw this conclusion, the firm used the World Bank’s global poverty line, which sets the income per capita at US$1.90 a day as the limit defining extreme poverty in developing countries.

The Union of Federal Police Chiefs of the State of Paraná (SinDPF/PR) has filed a request with the Federal Police office to immediately transfer Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from their headquarters in Curitiba to another facility.

The Union Chair, Algacir Mikalovski, has told journalists during a press conference that they fear for local residents and Federal Police employees’ safety, as pro-Lula demonstrators are camping outside the building in Curitiba. However, Neudicléia Oliveira, from the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) and a coordinator of the Free Lula Camp, says Mikalovski’s claims are unfounded.

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