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CGT leader turns 100, and centrals highlight their fight for rights



São Paulo – Remaining union leader of the General Workers’ Command (CGT), an organization created in August 1962 and dissolved after the 1964 coup, Clodesmidt Riani turns 100 this Thursday (15). He is recovered from covid-19 infection, which left him hospitalized for 10 days in Juiz de Fora (MG), where he lives since he was 6 years old – he was born in Rio Casca.

To mark the date, the union centrals published an article in his honor. THE TVT will broadcast the documentary at 5:30 pm Trajectory – Clodesmitd Riani, by Adriano Medeiros and Aline Moura. In addition, on the 29th, at 7 pm, the entities will hold a virtual debate on the history of unionism and the CGT. Formed by union members linked to the PTB and the PCB, the entity supported the João Goulart government.

Riani lives with one of his daughters, in the center of the mining town. He had 10 children, two of whom died, 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Because of the pandemic, there will be no celebration. Public tributes had to be suspended.

Transformations in the country

“The last 100 years were, it can be said, the construction of an urban and industrial country. And for Riani, these transformations were not just witnessed. They were, in many cases, the results of actions in which the union leader was directly involved ”, affirm the centrals. “If Orlando, her father, had been through years of work without the rights provided for in the CLT, Clodesmidt himself would only come to know her ten years after the year he started working in a fabric factory.”

The Consolidation of Labor Laws was created in 1943. The centrals also mention “the conquest and universalization of the minimum wage, the Strike of 300 thousand, in 1953, the CGT, the 13th salary law”. In addition to the resistance to the dictatorship, the process of redemocratization and the construction of the “citizen” Constitution of 1988. All these factors, plus “the maturing of Brazilian unions and union centrals, separate today’s workers from those of a hundred years ago”, recall current leaders.

Riani, PTB, Vargas, Jango

In the text, they also remember the entry of the CGT leader in the “PTB de Vargas and de Jango”, in 1950, for which he was elected state deputy. In unionism, before the CGT (“embryo of contemporary union centrals”), he commanded the National Confederation of Industrial Workers (CNTI). After 1964, he was revoked and arrested. “But he couldn’t be on any other side than those who suffered the hardships of the coup, as well as Gregório Bezerra, Hércules Correia, Afonso Dellelis, the railroader Raphael Martinelli, his friend from the CGT, the weaver Maria Sallas Dib, among many others . ”

For union members, Riani participated in events “that not only made unionism more politicized, but also gave the movement the strength to intervene directly in politics”. In addition, it paved the way for the collective effort for changes in Brazil. “Although social inequality is still an obstacle to the country’s economic and civilizing development, the current situation of the working class is not comparable to the misery to which it was subjected until the 1930s.”

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation




São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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