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Temer’s new measure for Rio de Janeiro has broader motivations than the military pacification of a state with clear traces of social barbarism.

The enhance of the economical crisis and the absence of any political direction imposed a measure to the federal government. This measure won’t be effective and it can only worsen the crisis in Rio in a mid-term. The real objective of it is to buy some time for the government, instead of solving the problem. There are no short term measures for a state so deeply suffocated by the crisis as Rio is. Faced with the importance of Rio in national politics scenery and the impossibility of maintaining a central state that loses control for barbarism in home state of Globo group, president Temer took a high risk bet, he presented a proposal for a military intervention in public security in Rio.

National economic crisis, corruption in the state government and in Petrobrás deeply hurt Rio economy, unemployment rates are higher than in the rest of the country. In the last three years, more than half a million workstations were extinguished, in 2017 more than 90 thousand, a national record. Alagoas was the second state in these rank extinguished 8,2 thousand workstations. On the streets is possible to feel the social and economic collapse, with more than 14 thousand people living on the capitol streets, according to official data, more than 3 times the number in 2013.

The wreck of PMDB project and raising cost of living, pushed the state to the worst crisis of its history. The vertiginous economic decline, a result of a pact between lumpen-bourgeoisie, such as Eike Batista and Cavendish, and PMDB governments put Rio in the severest situation between all national states.

The popular dissatisfaction, represented in Carnival parade by Tuiuti, Beija-Flor and Mangueira, associated with the feeling of total social chaos and criminality, clearly lit the red light in Planalto Palace. The need of imposing a “positive agenda” and the pressure made by national bourgeois sectors – represented by the congress bullet stand – and Globo group, must have counted as a high pressure element to the decision made of military intervention in public security, in Rio de Janeiro.

Within such an economic crisis, it is safe to assure that retail of drug trafficking refluxed, imposing to criminal factions the need to search for different activities. Rio de Janeiro is recordist in cargo theft, police murdering and violence is seen as much intense on the streets. With the militia and factions acting on trafficking, a pact as has already once occured in São Paulo, between PCC and state government, is something already discard. Moreover, militia and trafficking are two elements responsible for containing the organization of the poor people of the favelas, the unlimited militarization of public security in Rio will also act against it.

Military intervention in security in Rio isn’t something new for the favelas cariocas. The favela of Maré was occupied for more than a year, an operation that costed more than 600 million reais to public safes. The effectiveness of the measure was zero, and with time the militaries started to violate rights the same way the police forces did it. Traffic never stop operating during the occupation time.

The deep crisis of Rio de Janeiro, with the potential military intervention on public security, withal it opens a distinct moment in the process of political struggle, it imposes to PSOL in Rio the fight to power in the second state of federation. The collapse of ordinary politics imposes as an even more urgent task to fight not only for institutional power, but also to fight for an organization intimately close to the people of Rio de Janeiro, way more deeply than what it is nowadays. Fighting against the right wing, that can win in short term some strength from the military intervention, and also against PMBD, the mafia that collapsed in Rio but nationally remains sustaining the government from Pezão. It is necessary to fight for the construction of a democratic channel, intimally close to the people, associations of residentes, neighborhoods, youth, workers and state servants, to formulate a program to respond to the crisis.

For that, PSOL-RJ must take on the leitmotiv to anticipate the elections for state government based on the especially severe situation of Rio de Janeiro. It is not possible to admit that the mob responsible for the crisis remains on the government. It is impracticable to have public security while part of the worst criminal organization of the state, PMDB, remains in charge of state apparatus.

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