Cross-posted from the KeyWiki blog.
At its national congress in February, the Workers’ Party of Brazil acclaimed Marxist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s endorsement of as the Party’s presidential candidate for elections in October.
In his remarks, “Lula” emphasized Dilma Rousseff’s history of militancy and highlighted her persistence in policy implementation and in “resolving problems of the population.”
Rousseff herself promised to continue the social, economic, environmental, energy, and foreign policies of the “Lula” government. Promising once more to form a coalition government, she called for “appropriate public policies” over total reliance on market forces.
The daughter of an exiled Bulgarian Communist Party activist and a wealthy Brazillian ranching family, Rousseff joined Marxist anti-government guerillas in the 1960s in armed struggle against the then military government.
Taught Marxism in high school, Rousseff joined several revolutionary groups as a young woman, including Command of National Liberation (COLINA).
In early 1969, the police invaded the group’s house and the militants responded by using a machine gun, which killed two policemen and wounded another…