Socialist Worker

Brazilian activists leave Lula’s party to join radical force

by Sean Purdy
Issue No. 1974

The Brazilian Workers’ Party, known by its Portuguese initials of PT, of president Lula continues to reel from crisis to crisis.

Hammered by a continuing corruption scandal and the wholesale implementation of neo-liberal politics, the party continues to lose its best militants.

The second round of internal party elections in mid-October witnessed a concerted challenge to right wing dominance within the party. Lula’s hand-picked candidates narrowly won the top positions.

Convinced that the PT has no future as a socialist party, important sections of the party have left.

Parts of the trade union and social movements have defected to P-Sol, the recently formed socialist party.

In addition to various elected officials, over 400 trade union militants publicly resigned from the PT and joined P-Sol at the National Popular and Left Wing Assembly held in Sao Paulo on 25 September.

Recently recognised as an official party, P-Sol continues to grow in the midst of the crisis in the PT and the Lula government.

The task for socialists is clear — build P-Sol as a rank and file socialist party, committed to socialism and the struggle against capitalism not only in parliament but in the streets and workplaces.

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Sat 29 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1974
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