According to the organizers, leaders and members of Syndicate Force, Unitary Central of Workers (CUT), General Union of Workers, Central of Brazilian Workers, New Central of Workers, Central of Brazilian Unions and Public Central of the Server will participate in the meeting.
The statement calling for the gathering was signed by union leaders, and points out that “in recent years, the world has witnessed the outbreak of more wars and armed conflicts, in addition to the rise of hate speech and the resurgence of violence.” It also states that these are serious situations that require a global effort to expand democratic dialogue and negotiation to build peace and solidarity between peoples and nations.
Although the note did not refer to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, it stated that it is “necessary for society to unite in this cry for an end to the wars that devastate several regions of the planet, especially the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Africa.” The organizers of the activity strongly reject the exaltation of violence and the spread of fear as a form of domination. “The world needs more inclusion, tolerance, respect, and love for others.”
The organizing committee also assures that Brazil is experiencing a moment of national unity, it has a lot to contribute to the construction of dialogue, aiming for peace, solidarity, and fraternity. “We join this fight for a better world.”
“At this critical moment, it is essential that we raise our voices in defense of the Palestinian people in the face of Israel’s constant attacks and human rights violations on the Gaza Strip. An immediate ceasefire is imperative,” said the president of the CUT Sao Paulo, Raimundo Suzart, who reiterated that peace and security in the Middle East depend on the end of violence and the establishment of a dialogue. “Women and children are being murdered. We need to join forces and demand justice for the Palestinian people.”
Last November 4th, cities around the world united on World Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in response to Israel’s continued attacks on the Gaza Strip. Residents of over 100 cities worldwide took to the streets to show support for the Palestinians and protest against abuses by Israeli forces.