The Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) holds a dinner in support of the Minister of Human Rights, Silvio Almeida, at Armazém do Campo, in the central region of São Paulo, this Friday (18). The objective is to recognize “Silvio Almeida’s performance in defense of the Brazilian people” and his fight for democracy.
“The dinner will be a great tribute from civil society and popular movements and popular leaders as recognition for the good work that the minister is doing. Our hope is very high with the projects to come. So it will be a moment to recognize the work done and say that we are betting our hope on his work, at the head of the Ministry of Human Rights”, says Ney Strozake, MST lawyer and specialist in popular movements and agrarian reform, who will be present at the to have lunch.
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The meeting takes place after the possibility of the Ministry of Human Rights entering into the ministerial reform articulated between the federal government and the centrão, in exchange for support in the National Congress. According to reports to CNN Brasil, the Ministry of Social Development (MDS), currently commanded by Wellington Dias, should be headed by federal deputy André Fufuca (PP-MA). About a month ago, on July 14, Daniela Carneiro, then Minister of Tourism, had already been replaced by another member of the centrão: fellow federal deputy Celso Sabino (União Brasil-PA).
In the midst of the exchanges, the possibility of changing the leadership of the Ministry of Human Rights was raised. In this context, some entities linked to the black movement published a note in support of Almeida.
In a note released on July 31, the organizations state that they hope that the black representative will be respected in the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT). “The maintenance of Minister Silvio Almeida is a sign that President Lula exercises a government for all Brazilians, especially those who most need the State. (…) We understand the need to build a solid parliamentary base for the government to develop, but we hope that our representativeness in the government will be respected”, say the organizations, led by Convergência Negra.
In addition to the MST, the dinner in honor of Silvio Almeida is organized by the Prerogativas group of lawyers and jurists, the Association of Judges for Democracy (AJD) and the Brazilian Association of Jurists for Democracy (ABJD). The national coordinator of the MST, João Paulo Rodrigues, the coordinator of Prerogativas, Marco Aurélio de Carvalho, and the retired judge Kenarik Boujikian will be present.
Editing: Vivian Virissimo