On December 1, a unity meeting was held between the Communist Party of Brazil (Partido Comunista do Brasil, or PC do B) and the Free Homeland Party (Partido Patria Livre, or PPL) in São Paulo. The PPL is a smaller Marxist-Leninist party. The unity project had been announced to the press on November 26 by Luciana Santos,President of the PC do B, and by Sérgio Rubens, President of the PPL. This dynamic is moving in the direction of incorporating the PPL in the PC do B.
Luciana Santos explained the merger as a matter of urgency given the election of fascist Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency of Brazil, the fifth largest country by population and the eleventh largest economy in the world, in the second-round election on October 28. Bolsonaro will be sworn in on January 1. The threats Bolsonaro and his allies have made against workers, minorities, women and the environment, as well as rhetoric about making “communism” illegal, have effectuated more unity among several groups on the Brazilian left.