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Bulletin 372 – People's Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy

Feb 27, 2019 1:52 PM

Straight from Curitiba – 2/26/2019 – 326 days of resistance

1. Manoel Caetano, a lawyer from Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's defense team, clarified that the former President had nothing to do with the occupation of the Guarujá triplex apartment that was conducted by the Movimento de Trabalhadores sem Teto (Homeless Workers Movement/MTST) on April 16 of last year. At the time, the property – which ex-judge Sérgio Moro attributed to Lula without any proof and, even so, convicted him – was under the responsibility of the courts. The case is being investigated by the Federal Police, who interviewed Lula about it today. Read more here:  https://pt.org.br/lula-nao-incitou-ocupacao-de-triplex-pelo-mtst-esclarece-advogado/

2. Ex-President Lula sent a message on this Tuesday, February 26, about the pension reform program presented by Jair Bolsonaro. “The best way to solve the problems with the retirement system is to generate jobs. The more jobs there are, the more salaries there are, which increases contributions and lowers the deficit. During my term we had a surplus,” he said on his social media accounts. In nearly two months of governance, the right wing extremist Bolsonaro administration hasn't produced any proposal for job generation in the country. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2GNXUkS

3. Lula sent another message through his social media networks to the Ford workers in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, after the North-American company announced that it was going to close its factory in the city. To block the plant closing, Lula suggested that the workers pressure the Brazilian government to suspend imports of Ford products. According to the ABC Metal Workers Union, the auto plant, directly and indirectly employs 20,000 jobs in the region. Lula, who is a former Metal Worker, protested against the company's announcement.

4. João Pedro Stedile, National director of the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra (Landless Workers Movement/MST) and leader of Via Campesina International, denounced the political imprisonment of ex-President Lula last Sunday in Caracas, Venezuela, during the International People's Assembly. “Lula is not in jail, Lula was kidnapped by international capital, which needed to remove him from the Brazilian electoral process to take over the pre-salt petroleum reserves,” he said. The event will continue until February 27th in the Venezuelan capital.