All translation courtesy of @alxgucci.
|Greeting/Welcome Party http://tinyurl.com/6mcefye|
I admit to crying while writing this post and watching the videos that were taped. I cried alone, looking at the computer and thinking that I had a house and a computer to write these words. I thought of those people who were treated worse than dogs. I thought about how they did not know where they would be sleeping tomorrow and how desperate they must have felt.
I cried while thinking that I could have died from the rubber bullet that a PM (military police) shot in my direction; it barely scrapped my scalp. I cried for the pain felt in Pinheirinho; for those who stayed and resisted and for the destruction of their lives by the fascist state and municipal government of the PSDB of Governor Alckmin and Mayor of São José dos Campos Eduardo Cury with silence and connivance of the Federal government led by President Dilma Rousseff.
|Main street where the 'clashes' occurred|
At the moment I don't care if the action was legal or if there was a conflict in the judicial system or if the devil himself participated in this. What matters is that those people survived a hell in which their rights were violated so that a wealthy corrupt businessman (Naji Nahas) gained back the land which the people had occupied.
The media, subservient to the interests of the mighty ones, always treated the poor residents of Pinheirinho like bandits. Their houses were reduced to crack dens. Their children were guns to defend themselves with and their despair was weapons. Albeit, their rage was the stones in their hands. Stones against men armed with bullets, bombs, pistols and nightsticks. And the PM's greatest weapons was their desire to employ their corporate violence against helpless people.
|Reconstruction attempt of the concentration camp gate by the GCM. In the foreground, a supermarket cart filled with someone's belongings|
I headed out to #Pinheirinho with @mairakubik and @felipedjeguaka, @mariana_parra and Paty of Sao Paulo. We went to see with our own eyes what uniformed delinquents are capable of doing under the command of a criminal of the Opus Dei.
We arrived in the city at about 15:30 and the climate was tense. In the avenue that connects Pinheirio and Campo dos Alemães, a nearby district that protested against the brutish actions of the Military Police and of the local Civil Municipal Guard (which, as a matter of fact, was much more violent and unprepared than the actions carried out by the Military Police). Already a burnt car was there to greet newcomers. Three more burnt cars down the path, including the van of the TV Vanguard (an affiliate of Rede Globo, the biggest network of Brazil). Their reporters did not for a minute leave the protection of the Riot Control Battalion for fear of being lynched.
We begin to record and talk with people in order to understand what had happened and what was lying ahead of us. We tried to gather information on the reported deaths. Some said there were three, others seven and some said a pregnant woman had died. Several blood-covered and unawake people were taken to the hospitals, but we could not confirm if they had survived the injuries or not. At the end of the day, with bombs blowing up around us, there were accounts that a three-year-old child had died from the effect of tear gas. But we could not confirm any of this.
|GCM defending the perimeter of the concentration camp|
Any comparisons with Nazi camps are not by chance/coincidence: Closed in a barred place and with precarious tents and with enormous supervision inside and out, the families were receiving blue bracelets to be identified and aside from not being able to go out of this area, they still had to suffer abuse.
In the middle of all this there is a street more or less wide with barricades made from sticks and in the end, the isolation cordon of the Riot Control Police and Pinheirinho being evacuated. Soon enough, the tractor came in and started to demolish (18:30).
|GCM and ROCAM on the other side of the concentration camp|
Videos 4 and 11 at the end of the post contain the images from two different angles of the lynching and arresting of Guilherme Boulos.
The GCM was responsible for the perimeter and it used extreme violence to contain the revolt of the residents who wanted to escape from that illegal prison. The PM provided support and would charge the area while distributing bombs throughout the day. The despair of the children and of the mothers was heartbreaking especially because there was nowhere to run to. The PM and the GCM were invading the great white canvas tent going after the "vandals" and fired bombs and shots all around.
Not very much later, a tractor began to demolish the most poor shacks at the edge of the community under the allegation that these had nothing of value inside and that better houses would be demolished only after the furniture was removed and etc. For those who have almost nothing, that shanty dirty place that looks like a home is a home. It's the place where a worker can go to and feel safe after a long and hard day of labor. But they were brought crashing down.
Unsurprisingly, residents of the area began to approach and protest. Some threw rocks at the PM, which responded "in kind", clearing the streets with bombs and bullets. At one moment they threw bombs inside the tents where the women with children were located. It was the moment of greatest panic and despair. It was also in this moment where the rumor spread that a three year old child died.
|The first houses to be demolished|
This was a true scene of war which contrasts with the affirmation of the Captain Antero that everything was being prepared since October; that everything would be peaceful, without violence and that the PM would not enter the areas of the tents which were under the responsibility (sic) of the GCM and that, logically, was a place for families to rest and feel safe. Oh, the irony of it all..
But the delinquents in uniform gave their show and kept on massacring. The barbarism lasted one half hour up to which the things were calmed. When it began to grow dark, unfortunately, we were forced to return to São Paulo. Without battery, disheveled and tired, we headed to the comfort of our homes without knowing how to pass the night. On our way back, by way of the Highway Dutra, half a dozen cars of the ROTA (Tobias de Aguiar's Ostensive Rounds; the special force of the São Paulo military police, which aims flexibility and fast reaction) blazed by us sending chills down our spines and making us fear for the worst.
I talked with the Councilman Tonhão, of the PT, who was red-eyed and impotent (and in despair for being so). I spotted Congressman Gianazzi (PSOL) and knew that Councilman Marrom (PSTU) was also there, among Ivan Valente (PSOL) and of Paulo Teixeira (PT).
All were impotent before the barbarism perpetrated by the PSDB with total silence of the Federal Government.
|Internal part of one of the biggest tents of the concentration camp. (foto: Mariana Parra)|
Some more photos:
|Small weapon of the GCM. (Looks like he's gonna shoot it at bandits; not families.)|
|Carro pronto para a mudança forçada (foto de Mariana Parra)|
|Car ready to forcibly leave Pinheirinho (foto: Mariana Parra)|
|The overall mood of the population (foto: Mariana Parra)|
|Turning off the energy of Pinheirinho|
|PM walking towards Pinheirinho|
|Burned down van next to concentration camp (foto: Mariana Parra)|
|Population gathers around van filled with bread (foto: Mariana Parra)|
|Population entering concentration camp to be "registered".|
And the videos: