BRAZIL: The Battle of Sao Paulo

In São Paulo's municipal election last fortnight, the voters were in a truculent mood. They voted down the government's candidate for mayor, in protest to the government's failure to check inflation; they also slapped down the Communists' candidate, giving him only 4.3% of the vote. Last week the Reds set out to rebuild prestige by a show of strength. Their tactic: seize control of strikes started by non-Communists angry over inflation.

The situation was tailor-made for the Reds: all over the country, the workers, galled by remorseless price rises, were in a rebellious...

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