Photo: Guilherme Gandolfi / Levante Popular da Juventude
Bulletin 627 – People’s Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy
Straight from São Bernardo do Campo – 11/9/2019 – 581 days of resistance – 7:05 PM
1. The image of the day looks just like the one taken on April 7th, 2018, and so does the energy of the activists. But if one year and seven months ago thousands of people tried to block Lula’s political imprisonment, on this Saturday, November 9th, 2019, they wanted to hug the most popular President in Brazilian history. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, once again, transformed the surroundings of the ABC Metalworkers Union in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, into the center of people’s resistance against arbitrary actions and social and institutional setbacks. In a historic speech, Lula criticized right wing extremist President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), the Lava Jato (car wash) investigation, and Rede Globo media network, and called on the population to mobilize against the dismantlement of Brazil.
2. Happy, excited and good humored, Lula thanked everyone for the support during the time that he was held as a political prisoner and gave a message: “There is nobody who can fix this country if you don’t want to fix it. It’s no use being afraid of the threats that he (Bolsonaro) makes on TV, that there will be militia men, that there will be an Institutional Act 5. We have to made the following decision: this country has 210 million inhabitants and we can’t allow the militias to destroy the nation that we built.” And he told his opponents, “I have more courage to fight now, than I did when I left here.” He told the crowd that gathered in front of the union heaquarters, “I will fight for the workers to have formal employment and have the right to get the family together, barbecue and drink a beer or two, which is what makes people happy.”
3. On this Saturday, November 9th, after 580 consecutive days, there were no good morning and good night shouts to the former President at the Lula Livre Vigil in Curitiba. The activists who, during 1 year, 7 months and 3 days, maintained the Vigil in order to show solidarity with Lula and defend democracy in the country, dedicated the day to cleaning up and dismantling the center. Lula visited the Vigil yesterday and he made an emotional thank you speech for the continued support it gave him. One of the items of most historic importance is the attendance book that registered everyone who visited the resistance center. Yesterday, Lula signed it.
4) One year, 7 months and 3 days – this is the period in which the People’s Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy Bulletin was published. It started on April 6th, 2018, one day after the ex-judge Sérgio Moro decreed Lula’s arbitrary imprisonment. The first bulletin was released directly from São Bernardo do Campo, at noon on April 6th last year. The goal, from the beginning, was to inform Brazil and the World about Lula’s illegal imprisonment, through the eyes of the PT and of legal scholars from Brazil and abroad. Since then, 627 bulletins were written in Portuguese and English, narrating everything related to Lula, the Lula Livre Vigil in Curitiba and the movements in Brazil and around the world in defense of freedom for the former President. The team responsible for the bulletin thanks everyone who contributed in one form or another, for their support, as well as the supporters who helped distribute it in Brazil and around the world for these 582 days. The bulletin, just like Lula’s imprisonment, is now part of history.