Huge anti-war demonstration in Brazil
Rio de Janeiro witnessed a huge anti-war demonstration on October 12. The Roman Catholic Church which, in Brazil, has been openly against capitalism, and left parties called it. Representatives of several other religious orders, including Muslim and Jewish also attended. About 600,000 people took part, which was second only in size to the anti-war demonstration in Havana where about one million took part. There were other smaller demonstrations all over the country. The religious side of the demonstration was the only aspect mentioned by the mainstream bourgeois media, which is openly favouring the war. Their reports omitted to mention the great number of people taking part and the chorus and placards against imperialism and war. Nor did they mention the many red flags. When one of the speakers mentioned that the war is mainly affecting the children and women of Afghanistan, who have been suffering a lot from the permanent warfare in their country, the crowd spontaneously began to sing "Maria, Maria" (Mary, Mary), a beautiful and vigorous song by the communist composer M Nascimento to pay homage to the working women of the world and to peace.