The Movement for Struggle in Neighborhoods, Towns and Favelas (MLB) occupied, this Saturday (9), units of the Carrefour supermarket chain in several states in Brazil. The action is part of the movement’s “Christmas without hunger” mobilization, which seeks to highlight the lack of food for the poorest families during this period of the year.
“At this time of year, it is common to see scenes on TV of a lavish table and gifts at family gatherings. But the truth is that most Brazilian families will spend Christmas hungry or without the certainty of a plate of food at every meal” , denounced the MLB.
There were records of mobilization in São Paulo, Natal, Belém, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Aracaju and Rio de Janeiro. The movement’s strategy in occupying the supermarket chain is to denounce food waste in these establishments and the crimes of racism and homophobia recorded in these units in recent years.
“Carrefour carries on its hands the blood of João Alberto, a black man who was beaten and asphyxiated to death in a chain store in Porto Alegre. And who doesn’t remember the case of Seu Moisés, sales promoter at Carrefour in Recife, who died while working and had his body covered by umbrellas until the end of the day?”, recalls the MLB, in another post on social media.
“We are here demanding basic food baskets for families who will have nothing to eat this Christmas and also denouncing not only this chain, but so many others that profit from people’s misery!”, wrote the MLB in one of the posts on social media.
The act warns of the concentration of wealth and social inequality in the country. The MLB also justified the Carrefour occupations because the company supported Israel’s attacks against the Palestinian people.
“The network is also supporting the continuation of the attacks and genocide by the state of Israel against the Palestinian people. In recent months, they have opened branches in illegally occupied territory and in November they donated thousands of supplies to Israeli soldiers, while to families poor people deny a simple dish”, pointed out the movement.
“It is not fair that the group had a net profit, in the first four months of 2022, of R$550 million reais, while the people are going hungry”, denounced the MLB, in a post on the networks.
In a statement, Carrefour stated that it was “surprised” this year by the manifestation of the movement because it was not approached by MLB leaders for negotiations. He said that he has maintained an open dialogue with MLB leaders, with whom he “has contributed annually, every time the respective leaders” approached the group’s administration.
The company also stated that “combating hunger and inequality is one of the Group’s priority pillars, a commitment maintained with numerous partners who have been in dialogue with the company on an ongoing basis, in all regions of the country. This year alone we donated more than 3,600 tons of food, equivalent to more than 14 million complementary meals”.
Editing: Thalita Pires