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Oil tankers from Bahia go on strike against privatization of refinery



São Paulo – Oil tankers in Bahia go on strike indefinitely from dawn on Thursday (18). The category claims that the strike is a response in defense of jobs and rights. They also denounce moral harassment and insecurity in the Petrobras system units. The decision was taken last week at a meeting held by the Bahia Oil Workers Union (Sindipetro-BA). The background of the workers’ dissatisfaction is the privatization of the Landulpho Alves Refinery (Rlam).

Last week, Mubadala Capital, Abhu Dhabi’s investment fund, was announced as the winner of the dispute over the refinery. They will pay US $ 1.65 billion for Rlam, four storage terminals and a set of pipelines totaling 669 km. Petrobras intends to complete the privatization process by next month.

Petrobras ‘management claims that the oil tankers’ strike would be “abusive”, as it is not just about labor claims. For this reason, he said that he will adopt the appropriate legal measures against the strike. They also state that the state-owned company would have “autonomy” to decide on the “divestment” process, which includes the privatization of Rlam.


According to the Single Federation of Oil Workers (FUP-CUT), the sale of Rlam should cause a private regional monopoly, which should control the market for fuels, natural gas and inputs throughout the Northeast region. The FUP warns of the risk of rising prices and even shortages.

In addition, in a meeting with Governor Rui Costa held on Tuesday (16), oil tankers say that the privatization of Rlam threatens 900 direct jobs and another 1,700 indirect ones. Another consequence must be the loss of revenue in the municipalities where the refinery and distribution terminals are located. Rui said he will request a meeting with Petrobras President Roberto Castello Branco to discuss the sale of the refinery and its impacts. In addition, he will also take this matter up for discussion at the Northeast Consortium, an organization that brings together the region’s governors.

“We talked about the possibility of shortages, mainly of cooking gas, which will exist in our state, if the refinery is to be privatized, a possibility that was also signaled by the National Petroleum Agency (ANP)”, said the general coordinator of FUP, Deyvid Bacelar, on the meeting with the governor.

Fair price

Also on Tuesday (16), Sindipetro-BA sold gasoline at a “fair price” at a gas station located in the Dique do Tororó region, in Salvador. The first 50 drivers were able to purchase up to 20 liters of gasoline for R $ 3.50 per liter. Since the beginning of the morning, cars and motorcycles have lined up to take advantage of the discount in relation to the market price.

The action served to protest Petrobras’ policy based on the International Parity Price (PPI). Adopted by the state-owned company as of 2017, in the Temer government, this policy is responsible for raising fuel prices, which have started to accompany fluctuations in the international market. According to the tankers, in addition to gasoline at R $ 3.50, the liter of diesel should also be sold at R $ 3.00 and the 13 kilogram gas cylinder at R $ 45. “These are the prices that they should be being practiced in the derivatives most used by the population ”, declared the director of Sindipetro-BA, Radiovaldo Costa.

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Festival brings together films, music and debate to debate human rights




São Paulo – The Human Rights Culture Festival, DH Fest, will bring together films, debates and musical performances, starting this Sunday (7), for free and virtually. The program, which runs until the 14th, aims to expand the cultural look at themes related to human rights. And it also sounds like a manifestation of the union of society to face the attack on rights, constantly promoted by the Bolsonaro government.

In the musical area, among the confirmed are the singer Chico César and the rapper Tássia Reis. In the debate cycle, Minas Gerais writer Conceição Evaristo, filmmaker Tata Amaral, activist Ailton Krenak and photographer Sebastião Salgado will also be present.

Festival organizers say that the proposal came about when the presence of guidelines related to human rights was noticed in national films awarded in 2020. “The films that had the most visibility, media force, repercussions had themes related to human rights. Then we will put these films together and create the festival of festivals ”, explained Francisco Cesar Filho, curator of the event, to the journalist Marilu Cabañas, from Current Brazil Radio.

The journalist and writer Bianca Santana, who is also present in the event’s grid, says that the covid-19 pandemic made the theme even more necessary. “It is a beautiful program. People are all connected looking for joint actions. Without new alliances, we will not be able to get out of this hole. This partnership between the Vladimir Herzog Institute and Sesc is important for conducting conversations that are inspiring ”, he said.

Festival schedule

The opening of the Festival of Culture in Human Rights, on Sunday, will be with a show by Chico César, at 19h. On Monday (8), the International Women’s Day, there will be a special agenda focused on the theme, with the screening of the film Kunhangue Arandu – The Wisdom of Women“.

On the same day, the debate “Women and resistance: narratives to break silences” will also take place, at 5 pm, with Conceição Evaristo and pedagogue Maria Clara Araújo, and mediation by journalist Semayat Oliveira. The day will end with the singer Tássia Reis.

During the week, the festival will also show 11 feature films, including the winner of the Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival, The Mountain Range of Dreams, by Patrício Guzmán. The Chilean filmmaker will also participate in the debate “My north is the south: Latin American portraits in cinema”, on Thursday (11), at 5 pm.

The program also features 26 short films and, in music, the repertoire will also include the collective Baile em Chernobyl, formed by artists who use funk to empower peripheral youth. Indian rapper Kunumi MC closes the event on the 14th.

On the 13th, at 5 pm, the debate “We are the land: the rights of nature and the future of humanity” will be held, which will receive the activist and writer Ailton Krenak and the award-winning photographer Sebastião Salgado, who will reflect on the challenges and the urgency to think of the rights of nature as human rights.

The event is held in partnership with Sesc, the Ação de Rua project – SP, the Ethos Institute and the Vladimir Herzog Institute, together with the Free Journalists, Mundo Pensante and Projetemos. The complete program can be seen on the official website of the event.

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