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Bulletin 370 – People's Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy

Feb 25, 2019 9:54 AM

Straight from Curitiba – 2/24/2019 – 324 days of resistance – 7:10 PM

1. The UN Human Rights Committee may rule on the political persecution of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in March. The former President's lawyers delivered their final arguments to the organization on Thursday, February 21. In their arguments, they say that Sérgio Moro put his statement to the Brazilian people that he was an impartial judge in doubt when he became a politician and abandoned the toga to become Minister of Justice in the right wing extremist government of Jair Bolsonaro. Read more here:  https://pt.org.br/comite-da-onu-deve-julgar-perseguicao-politica-a-lula-em-marco/

2. Bolivian President Evo Morales made a public appeal to the Swedish Academy to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Lula. The Bolivian president published a message of solidarity on this Sunday, February 24, to the former President, who has been a political prisoner in Curitiba for 324 days. Evo spoke of Lula's untiring fight against social inequality and called the former President the “Champion in the fight against poverty”. Read more here:  https://pt.org.br/evo-morales-apoia-premio-nobel-da-paz-para-o-ex-presidente-lula/

3. Comrade Sandra came from Registro, in São Paulo's Ribeira Valley, to bring words of solidarity to Lula and the activists at the Vigil on this Sunday, February 24, the day which marked 324 days of political imprisonment for the ex-President. In an emotional speech, the activists remembered Lula's visit to her region. “I have arrived from the Ribeira Valley, which has an important significance for the struggles in our country. President Lula traveled there with his Citizenship Caravan. And he learned about our reality and said, 'this region needs a university and a technical school to transform from being one of the poorest areas in the nation. And today, thanks to Lula, the region has a Federal Education Institute, the road through the valley was widened, and there were other advances. We have to stay strong in our resistance until we free President Lula,” she said. Watch video here:  https://www.facebook.com/vigilialulalivre/videos/338012303482865/