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Posted on 19 November 2013 at 15:31 GMT

Manchester meeting hears about strike wave in Brazil

"The people want FIFA-standard housing, FIFA-standard hospitals, FIFA-standard schools"! Brazilian trade unionist and socialist councillor Paulo Eduardo Gomes addressed a packed meeting of Socialist Party members and supporters in Manchester on 18 November.

Explaining how vast sums are being spent on Brazil hosting next year's FIFA World Cup, while 45 million languish in dire poverty, Paulo also related how young people and workers are fighting back.

A colossal strike wave has swept Brazil following the successful mass protests against unaffordable public transport earlier this year. "The young people and workers have taken to the streets, and now they know that they have the power to change the world", said Paulo.

He concluded an inspiring meeting, which raised over 100 in the financial appeal, by saying: "For the young generation, and for future generations, we have to fight for a better world, and that means we are fighting now, together, in Brazil, and in Europe, and across the world".

Hugh Caffrey

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