ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Limited Concerns

streets. Support provided by communities in multiple forms helped the workers to sustain their struggle. At the same time the workers' movement reinforced the communities, developed new forms of action and Created a sense of solidarity and confidence. While before the strike most of the work of community groups was still performed under a strong influence of patronage and clientelism, this changed afterwards. Union activists helped to create forms of popular resistance and organisation and to confront the authorities with demands for housing and services. Although the strikes were finally defeated in 1980 many initiatives started from these experiences. They forced the local administration to abandon prestige urban projects and focus their attention on the demands of the community organisations. They became a central pan of the struggle for re-democratisation in Brazil thai finally brought to an end the military government

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