Social Movements in Brazil demand Lula's release

Brasilia, July 18 (RHC)-- Representatives of social movements took to the streets in several cities of Brazil Wednesday to demand the immediate release of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who has been imprisoned at the Federal Police Headquarters in Curitiba since April 2018.

In Brasilia, the member of the agrarian sector of the Workers' Party (PT), Samuel Carvalho, indicated that "Lula Libre" committees were created to protest in front of the headquarters of the Public Ministry in rejection of the irregularities in the investigation of the Lava Jato case.

"In addition to Brasilia there are nine other cities that confirmed the celebration of rallies to demand the annulment of Lula's conviction, based on the report byThe Intercept, which shows the political persecution against the former president, he said.

Carvalho considers that one of the challenges is to transmit to the people the reality of the persecution that occurs in the country, as well as the consequences of the neoliberal policies implemented by the Government of Jair Bolsonaro.

"Our challenge is to talk to people so that they understand that Lula was persecuted to end the policies of social inclusion and justice for the people," implemented during the administrations of Lula and Dilma Rousseff.

Meanwhile, the  Brazilian Attorney General´s office estimated that the performance of Sérgio Moro as judge did not hurt Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the case of the triplex apartment in Guarujá.

In an opinion delivered to the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), Deputy Attorney Nívio de Freitas refuted Lula's defense request that the conviction for the triplex case be annulled, Prensa Latina reports.

The lawyers of the PT former leader quoted  the messages and conversations published by The Intercept website in which it is demonstrated the partiality and lack of ethics of Moro to incriminate and condemn Lula.

However, the Federal Public Ministry affirms that such dialogues are illegal and would not demonstrate an irregular performance of the former magistrate, and current Minister of Justice and Security.

For De Freitas, you can not support a request for annulment 'just based on newspaper articles'.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Moro and Lava Jato Tried to Interfere in Venezuela's Internal Affairs

New leaks published by Brazilian media show that former Judge Sergio Moro instructed the prosecutors involved in Operation Lava Jato to reveal information (under summary secrecy) on the company Odebrecht about corruption in Venezuela.

The messages, published on the website The Intercept and analyzed by the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo and the webpage reveal that Lava Jato members mobilized to interfere in Venezuela's domestic policy by exposing information, after being instructed by Moro, who is the incumbent Minister of Justice in the Jair Bolsonaro administration, on Augusto 2017.

According to the report, the intention of disclosing secret information against the legitimate administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, which is not the role of the Federal Public Ministry, would take place at a very sensitive time.

In July 2017, the United States threatened Maduro with new sanctions and at the time, Brazil still had normal relations with Venezuela.

According to other journalistic sources, the non-authorized revelation of confidential information by Brazilian prosecutors might theoretically characterize the crime established in Article 325 of the Penal Code, which punishes public agents with prison sentences of up to two years for 'revealing the facts that they are dealing with and that must kept secret, or facilitating their revelation'.

'Perhaps it is time to publicize Odebrecht's information about bribes in Venezuela,' former Judge Moro said at the time.

In response, Prosecutor and Lava Jato Coordinator Deltan Dallagnoll said, 'I agree. There are some limitations in the agreement so we have to see how we do it. Even more, I think it is time to file charges here for international money laundering against those responsible there if there is evidence'.

As Moro and Dallagnol articulated the charges against Venezuela, the members of the Lava Jato working team expressed concern about the risks.

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Brazil Crowned After Defeating Peru in Copa America Final

The match was highly anticipated as the Brazilian national team had strolled through the first stages scoring 13 goals and finally only receiving one against by Peru in the final.

Brazil won in home soil after 12 years of not lifting the Copa America trophy by beating Peru 3-1 in the final on Sunday at the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

The match was highly anticipated as the Brazilian national team had strolled through the first stages scoring 13 goals and finally only receiving one against by Peru in the final. While Peru, who had a rocky start, showed a high level of playing in the later stages to reach the final hoping to spoil Brazil.

Yet since the group stage, Brazil positioned themselves s the clear favorite, as they won two games against Bolivia and Peru and drew with Venezuela. The quarterfinals had them face Paraguay, defeating them in a penalty shoot-out.

The semifinal was a South American classic against their football rivals Argentina. The controversial game had the Brazilians winning a ticket to the final.

The final game began with a strong Peru defense as the Brazilian team had few spaces in the first quarter of an hour of the match. However, at minute 15, with a precision pass from Gabriel Jesus, the striker Everton marked the first goal of the game.

Peru’s top player Paolo Guerrero leveled the match with a penalty in the 44-minute as the first half was finishing. Nevertheless,  due to an error by the Peruvian side, Gabriel Jesus scored the second goal in additional time prior to half-time.

The second-half saw a charging Peruvian side that came very close to leveling the game, especially when the man of the match, Gabriel Jesus was sent off. Yet it wasn’t enough and in the final minutes of the game, as desperation set in, the Peruvian defense conceded a penalty, which Richarlison's clinched to secure the game.

This way the XLVI edition of the oldest international continental football competition has come to an end. The competition was not spared of controversy, as internationally renowned Lionel Messi accused the South American Confederation of Football (Conmebol) of corruption and using the video assistant referee (VAR) system of favor the host nation.

According to conservative Brazilian magazine Veja, far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who presented the trophy and medals to the players, was booed at the end of the match by the public attending.

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‘Fake news’ or police ‘losing their minds’? Glenn Greenwald slams report he’s investigated in Brazil

Award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald has said that a report of him being investigated by Brazilian police is either fake news or retaliation from the authorities after he ran bombshell stories about the nation’s top brass.

On Tuesday, Brazilian media outlet O Antagonista claimed that police requested the state-run money laundering watchdog, the COAF, to investigate Greenwald’s “financial activities.” The probe is reportedly tasked with finding whether the US-born journalist, who now lives and works in Brazil, is somehow related in the hacking of the cell phones of high-ranking officials.

The news came amid a growing political scandal, triggered by the stories published by the Intercept, an investigative website Greenwald co-founded. In June, the website shared private messages appearing to show how a judge, who is now a justice minister, was consulting a prosecutor during a high-profile anti-corruption probe. The revelations dominated headlines in Brazil and sparked heated debates in the nation’s parliament.

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Police and government officials refused to comment on whether Greenwald is under investigation. The journalist, who is a vocal critic of Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, slammed the authorities, saying that they may be looking for a way to punish him for his work. “Either the Federal Police have lost their minds, or someone is using the naive O Antagonista to plant Fake News trying to intimidate us,” he said on Wednesday.

Greenwald earlier accused Bolsonaro of using police “to investigate me in retaliation for my reporting.”

The reports of police targeting Greenwald caused an outrage among local lawyers, human rights campaigners, and opposition politicians. The lawmakers demanded the government give a definitive answer to whether Greenwald is under investigation.

“The [justice] minister needs to answer the questions asked. We asked several times if police or the COAF are investigating the journalist, and the minister does not respond,”said lawmaker Zeca Dirceu.

Glenn Greenwald won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on NSA mass surveillance, revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Copa America: Brazil beats Argentina, through to Copa America final

Goals in either half from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino help Brazil down Argentina and progress to the Copa America final.

Brazil advances to the final of the Copa America for the first time since 2007. Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino were enough to defeat Argentina last night, although it was far from a classic performance from Tite's men. The Selecao were the more clinical side in the final third, taking their two clear-cut opportunities in front of goal. Argentina was made to rue its missed chances as Sergio Aguero struck the bar, while Lionel Messi was denied by the post. Brazil is still yet to concede in the tournament and it will take that defensive resilience into the final where it will play either Chile or Peru as it attempts to win the title for a fifth time.

Argentina has failed once again on the major stage, while Messi was also off the boil not for the first time in a leading tournament. It will have to pick itself up for the third-place playoff on Saturday to end its campaign on a high note.

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Classic Brazil-Argentina Game at America Cup

The teams from Brazil and Argentina will play on Tuesday at the Mineirão Stadium, in the southern city of Belo Horizonte, where they will stage a classic football game in the continent.

The winner will play for the tournament's title against the victorious team from another classic match between Chile and Peru, scheduled for Wednesday at the Arena do Gremio, in Porto Alegre.

Brazil will play in Mineirão nearly five years after one of its worst losses on its territory, where the team was defeated 1-7 by Germany in the World Cup on June 8, 2014.

However, the Brazilian team is considered the favorite against Argentina, which lost the first game in Group B to Colombia, tied with Paraguay and defeated Qatar.

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Cuba Criticizes Ban on Sale of Cohiba Habanos in Brazil

Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra criticized the decision of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to ban the sale of Cuban cigars Cohiba, considered the best in the world.

To be well with the master of the North (United States), in Brazil they prohibit the sale of the best tobacco in the world of the Cuban brand Cohiba and invent gross lies to discredit it, the deputy foreign minister wrote in his Twitter account.

In another message on that social network, Sierra said that the high degree of servility and perversity of the Latin American right was 'outrageous.'

The decision responds to an alleged supposed 'excess of sorbic acid (natural organic compound used as a food preservative in the form of mineral salts)' in the cigars notified by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa).

This is rejected by the Emporium importer who has been working for 20 years with Cohiba, a leading brand for the quality of its product.

According to local media, Emporium said upon knowing the measure that 'there is no inclusion of any additive, because it is a hundred percent natural product,

Anvisa rejected the request to renew the registration of the Cohiba brand and granted 30 days to collect the product, which means that Cuban cigars were banned in the South American giant.

However, an article published in the Brazilian newspaper O Globo states that under an administrative appeal filed, the Cohiba remains on the shelves until the problem is legally resolved.

The Cohiba brand, created in 1966, is recognized worldwide for the quality of its products.

Its market reaches all countries, except the United States, where its sale is prohibited by the commercial, economic and financial blockade of Cuba.

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Brazil reach Copa semis with shootout win over Paraguay

Brazil reached the last four of the Copa America on Thursday with a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Paraguay after their compelling quarter-final in Porto Alegre ended scoreless.

Gabriel got the winning kick for Brazil after Gustavo Gomez and Derlis Gonzalez missed for the visitors. Roberto Firmino pulled his spot kick wide for the hosts.

Brazil, who have yet to concede a goal in their first four games, will next face the winner of Friday’s quarter-final between Argentina and Venezuela in Belo Horizonte next Tuesday.

Gabriel Jesus had missed a penalty against Peru in their last group game and said he went back to his tried and tested technique on Thursday.

"In the last game I didn’t look at the keeper and I hit it hard straight away and the goalie made a good save," he added.

"Today I did it my usual way, I looked calmly at the keeper and I could see him moving to the left and I side-footed it the other way."

After a foul strewn and unexciting first half, Brazil took control when Fabian Balbuena was sent off in the 58th minute for fouling Firmino as he bore down on goal.

The referee gave a penalty but changed it to a free kick on the edge of the area after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR).

The sending off then saw the home side lay siege to the Paraguayan goal but without joy, Everton seeing a shot deflected over the bar, Gabriel Jesus pulling a gilt-edged chance wide, and Willian hitting the post in the last minute.

"We created lots and lots of chances, the ball hit the woodwork, the goalkeeper worked miracles, but the fans helped us and we never gave up," said midfielder Arthur.

"We know what football is like, it’s about small details, and we couldn’t win but we felt the good energies and we managed to get through on penalties."

Goalkeeper Alisson, who like Arthur started his career in Porto Alegre, saluted his team mates.

"This is a team that deserved the win today," Alisson said.

"It was a draw but against a team that didn’t want to play unless it was on the counter attack. We’ve gone up one step, two more to go to our objective, to be Copa America champions."

In the other two quarter-finals, Colombia play Chile and Uruguay take on Peru.

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