Lula was Unjustly Convicted for Defending the Brazilian People

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, serving 502 days in political prison today, was unjustly convicted for what he did to benefit the Brazilian people.

This was stated by Guilherme Estrella, geologist and former director of Exploration and Production of the state-owned company Petrobras, who along with José Graziano, former general director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), visited the former labor leader in the Federal Police headquarters of the southern city of Curitiba.

'Lula's freedom is the freedom of our people,' said Estrella, who said that the vigor of the free Lula Vigil adds to the awareness that the ex-president 'has to be innocent, to be unjustly imprisoned because he belongs to the Brazilian people , to defend the country, the workers, the national sovereignty.

For his part, Graziano said that without the Vigil it would have been difficult to see a man with a lot of energy. 'I have been working with him since 1981 and I don't think I have seen him with such force, claw and with such willingness to fight and defend Brazil.'

The former FAO chief took advantage of the visit to present Lula a book that talks about one of the greatest legacies of his government: Zero Hunger.

'A project that served as the basis for the 2002 campaign that became a global objective in the fight against hunger,' he said.

Since April 7, 2018, Lula has been serving a prison after receiving a 12-year penalty and one month imposed by the Federal Regional Court of the fourth region (TRF-4) for alleged acts of corruption.

He was subject to a second conviction in the Lava Jato anti-corruption operation in February, this time at 12 years and 11 months, but denies all charges.

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'Bolsonaro Should Not Offend The Argentine People', Lula Says

The Workers Party leader rejected Bolsonaro's offensive words against the winners of the primaries in Argentina.

Brazil's former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva blasted the statement made by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro about Alberto Fernandez's victory in the Argentinean presidential primary elections.

“I saw a speech by Bolsonaro against Argentina and the victory of Alberto Fernandez. I could not believe that a Brazilian President had such foolishness and sassiness to talk about his most important trade partner and strategic ally​​​​​ by offending the Argentine people and the man who won the primary elections,” Lula said in an interview granted from jail.​​​​ on Friday.

Last week, the far-right Brazilian President expressed his disgust at the electoral failure of President Mauricio Macri, a neo-liberal politician who lost by more than 15 percentage points in the elections held on August 11.

Besides describing   the winning candidates as "left-wing bandits," Bolsonaro said that Brazil will not welcome the Argentines when they begin to escape from their country due to the return of Peronism to power.

The Workers' Party (PT) leader also criticized the support Bolsonaro has provided to the Macri administration despite its poor economic performance.

"Does Bolsonaro think that Macri, who brought inflation to 74 percent, is good for Argentina? The one who increased the external debt to US$100 billion? The one who greatly increased the amount of people sleeping at the streets of Buenos Aires? For the love of God," Lula said.

"In an interview with journalist Bob Fernandes (TVE Bahia), which will be broadcasted today at 6:00 pm through social networks, President Lula said that [Jair Bolsonaro's Economy Minister ] Guedes wants to destroy the Brazilian economy and that it does not matter if he remains imprisoned until abuses committed against him can be demonstrated."

Regarding the return of the left to power in Latin America, Bolsonaro described critics of neoliberalism in inappropriate terms during a meeting in the city of Parnaiba.

“We will end the poop of Brazil. The poop is this race of corrupted and communists. In the next elections, let's sweep this red gang from Brazil. Since Venezuela is good [for this people], I'll send this gang there. Whoever wants a little further north will go to Cuba.

Lula da Silva explained that, once again, this sort of political discourse demonstrates the clear incompatibility between Bolsonaro's personal attitudes and the office he holds.

“Bolsonaro behaves like the chief of the hooligans. He doesn't want the team to improve. He wants conditions to continue booing and cursing. That is what he wants," the former leftist president stressed.​​​​​​​

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Lula Is Strong and Willing to Fight for the Brazilian People

Brasilia, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who will have served one year in prison on Sunday, is strong and willing to fight for the Brazilian people, despite injustices against him.

The statement was made by Afranio Silva Jardim, retired prosecutor from the Public Ministry in Rio de Janeiro, and the journalist Juca Kfouri, who visited the former union leader at the headquarters of the Federal Police of Curitiba, the capital of the southern state of Parana.

According to Kfouri, it is impossible to be with Lula and do not feel optimistic. 'He only speaks about projects for Brazil,' he noted.

Regarding any messages to the Brazilian people, he pointed out that for Lula, 'the mission is that: do not shut up, discuss Brazil, do not accept arbitrariness.'

About the country's political and social situation, the journalist, who was a victim of the military dictatorship (1964-1985), said that at present, authoritarianism is established in different ways.

Lula has been in prison in Curitiba since April 7, 2018, when he started serving a sentence of 12 years and one months ruled by the Regional Federal Court of the fourth region for alleged corruption.

The ex-president was handed over a second sentence of 12 years and 11 months in February as part of the anticorruption operation Lava Jato.

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Lula Calls to Fight for the Sovereignty of Brazil

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called on his people to fight for the sovereignty of Brazil, considering that the Government of Jair Bolsonaro on Friday tries to sell the country.

This was stated by the Secretary of International Relations of the Workers' Party (PT), Monica Valente, after visiting the ex-worker at the headquarters of the Federal Police of Curitiba, southern state of Paraná, where he is serving prison.

'They are selling the country as if it were theirs. President Lula said that we have to fight for national sovereignty because oil belongs to the people. Public banks threatened with privatization are instruments of economic development and social justice', Valente told reporters, alluding to her conversation with the former unionist.

The representative of the PT also spoke about the work for the former president to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

'Our task at this moment is to reinforce the campaign for the award,' said Valente and recalled that the Argentine Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (also winner of the award in 1980) made the request to the former president last year and 'we will collect signatures of support until January 31 '.

She considered that Lula, 'besides being a fortress and an exceptional human being, in a relationship of equal to equal, has a political lucidity about what is happening in Brazil and in the world.'

Valente pointed out that the founder of the PT also aimed not to forget the 47 million votes that candidate Fernando Haddad received in the October elections.

For those people we have to convey the confidence that only the wrestler wins, it has always been that way, she said.

The PT managed to reach the second round of the elections, we cannot forget that. The fight will be tough, but it will be victorious, she assured.

Sensitized by the messages of optimism and strength of Lula, Valente reported having shared a common feeling for many people who visit him.

'Everyone is more excited about how he came' at the PF headquarters in Curitiba, she said, and said he showed the former head of state a list of world personalities who wish to visit him, which shows' the right side of history and the commitment of all for their liberation. '

Former judge Sergio Moro sentenced Lula in 2017 to nine years and six months in prison for verifying that he received an apartment from the construction company OAS in exchange for political favors for that company.

This sentence was ratified and extended to 12 years and one month by a court of second instance and, subsequently, it was Moro himself who ordered the imprisonment of the former president in April.

From that moment, the defense of Lula has tried multiple resources in different judicial instances to obtain his freedom, but all were denied.

It is expected that at the beginning of 2019 the Supreme Court will place on the agenda again the analysis of a writ of habeas corpus (suspended at the end of November) presented by its defense to release the former president, who denies all charges against him.

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Cuba: Summon to World Solidarity for Freedom of Lula

The members of the Brazilian caravan 60 years of the Cuban Revolution called on Monday for international solidarity in support of the struggle for the liberation of former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva.

Brazilian activists called the world union around that cause in a statement read by Maria Ivon de Souza, director of the Jose Marti Cultural Association of the State of Bahia, during an act of welcome to the caravanistas at the headquarters of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) in Havana.

In presence of the presidents of ICAP, Fernando Gonzalez; and Silvio Platero, of the Cuban Movement for Peace and the Sovereignty of Peoples; and authorities on the island, the activist recalled that Lula was illegally detained because, he said, no evidence of allegations of corruption was presented.

'Is innocent; he is a political prisoner; he was arrested to prevent him from appearing in the last presidential elections in Brazil; and continues in jail for being the greatest popular leader. It is an attack on democracy, 'de Souza said.

The statement also contains a denunciation of the actions of the new executive of Brazil with Jair Bolsonaro as president who, according to the pacifists, lacerates the Brazilian people and represents a setback to the achievements of the 13 years of the party's government. the Workers (PT).

In the text, it also reiterate their repudiation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for almost 60 years, as well as all attempts of interference by Washington against the Caribbean nation.

In this regard, he highlighted the courage of the Cubans to face the onslaughts of the US government against the revolutionary process of the largest of the Antilles.

Since last April, Luis Inacio Lula Da Silva, leader of the PT, celebrates 12 years and a month in prison at the headquarters of the Federal Police of Curitiba, southern state of Paraná, for alleged acts of corruption.

Composed of more than a hundred Brazilians, the 60-year-old caravan of the Cuban Revolution is located on the island in the context of the celebrations for the date of great historical significance for the inhabitants of the Caribbean nation and their friends in the world.

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Noam Chomsky to Visit Lula in Prison Today

Today, the world-renowned US intellectual and activist Noam Chomsky will visit former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been a political prisoner for 167 day in Curitiba, the capital of the state of Parana. Chomsky arrived in Brazil last week to participate in the international seminar on Threats to Democracy and the Multipolar World, organized in Sao Paulo by the Perseu Abramo Foundation of the Workers'' Party (PT).

At the meeting, the professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) said that he had the privilege of meeting Lula 20 years ago and since then, he has been, and still is, very impressed by him.

There are problems with democracy in Brazil, serious problems, said Chomsky, who noted that the fact that Lula 'should be, by law', a candidate in the presidential elections called for next October should not be ignored.

On Monday, at a meeting with journalists at the Baron of Itarare Center of Alternative Media Studies, Chomsky pointed out that under Lula's government, Brazil became one of the world's most respected countries.

Lula organized the south of the world with protagonism, in an unprecedented way,' said the US intellectual, adding that the PT might wing the elections this year.

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Lula's Absence Is Evident at TV Debate among Presidential Candidate

The absence of the absolute leader in all surveys on vote intention, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will undoubtedly be evident today at the first TV debate among presidential candidates in Brazil.

Although the Workers' Party (PT) appealed on Wednesday to the Regional Federal Court of the Fourth Region (TRF-4), which sentenced Lula to 12 years and one month in prison, so that he could participate in the debate, the Court had not issued a ruling at midnight on Thursday.

Last Monday, Judge Bianca Arenhart claimed procedural issues to reject a request in that regard and directed the recourse to TRF4 President Carlos Eduardo Thompson Flores, who interfered to annul a judicial order to guarantee the immediate release of the former president in July.

Yesterday's appeal against judge's decision underlines that the 'unjust, illegal and unconstitutional provisional execution of the sentence' on former President Lula by that court cannot deprive him of his political rights or his freedom of expression and communication.

It also demanded that the former president's participation in the debate be guaranteed, either in person or on a video conference or on videos previously recorded at the Superintendence of the Federal Police of Curitiba, where he has been a political prisoner since April 7.

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Most Brazilian Voters Are Confident in Lula to Improve Economy

For most Brazilian voters, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is the best prepared precandidate to make the national economy grow, according to a survey published on Friday.

The poll, carried out by the Datafolha institute, shows that 32 percent of those surveyed consider that the founder and historic leader of the Workers' Party (PT) has the best conditions among all precandidates to the presidency of the Republic to boost Brazil's economic growth.

Like in the surveys on vote intention, the second best precandidate is the representative of the extreme right wing, Jair Bolsonaro (15 percent), followed by former Presidential Candidate Marina Silva, from Sustainability Network (8 percent).

Regarding the voters' wish for Lula to run in the October elections, 49 percent responded favorably and 48 percent think that he should not be authorized to do so.

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