Amidst the carnival celebrations on the slopes of Olinda, the resistance and struggle of popular movements is also present in one of the biggest street carnival parties in the country. The Landless Block, which is in its 23rd edition, is organized by the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) and brings joy, politics and democracy to the slopes of Olinda.
“Olinda breathes politics, in every space we see people shouting ‘Bolsonaro out!’, saying no to amnesty, asking Bolsonaro to be punished. So, this here is a great cultural and political manifestation”, is what MST leader Jaime Amorim points out.
This edition honored Guitinho da Xambá, who was one of the founders of the musical group Bongar, which promotes the dissemination of the culture of the Xambá terreiro, in Olinda, and of candomblé. Guitinho was a singer, composer and defended the struggle of the terreiro people through art.
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“The idea is to honor all those who fought, who were important, who left an important legacy. He left an important legacy and this tribute is part of that process. The block leaves with a tribute to Guitinho, but also with a tribute to democracy, of us defending democracy as a fundamental and decisive issue for us to rebuild this country”, he points out.
The route that started from Praça do Baobá, popularly known as Fortim do Queijo, ran along the slopes of the upper city, receiving support from passers-by. The retired Silmeria Norat has been participating in the block for several editions and, as a reveler, she highlights the importance of this carnival.
“It is very important for militancy to be at events the size of Carnival for us to always point out our position, because it is very important for people who participate in a party as big as Carnival to have this notion of popular movements, such as the MST , mainly”, points out
The revelers have noticed the receptiveness to the blocks and costumes that bring political and leftist themes. “I have been walking through the streets of Olinda with my signs, with my left signs and I have been very well received. People are really celebrating this victory for democracy with Lula’s victory”, she concludes.
Source: BdF Pernambuco
Editing: Monyse Ravena
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