Photo: Ricardo Stuckert
Bulletin 434 – People’s Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy
Curitiba – 4/29/2019 – 388 days of resistance – 8:00 pm
1. Last Friday (April 26), before answering the questions put to him by journalists from the Folha de São Paulo and El País, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva read out a three-page manifesto denouncing the unjust sentence and illegal imprisonment to which he has been subjected for over a year. Lula affirmed that his sentence was a direct result of the impeachment coup against former president Dilma Rousseff, which took place in 2016, but which, according to Lula, had been prepared for since 2013 by the Rede Globo media network. The manifesto was cut out of the “full” version of the interview published by the Folha de São Paulo; it was reproduced in the El País version. Read the full document: https://pt.org.br/veja-pronunciamento-de-lula-feito-antes-da-entrevista-ao-el-pais-e-folha/
2. Another section of the interview that continues to make waves on social networks is the master class delivered by Lula to Economy Minister Paulo Guedes on the subject of Brazilian public social security. Lula deconstructed the fallacy peddled by the Bolsonaro government, according to which the Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Social Security Reform will be good for the Brazilian people, and issued the following challenge: “Guedes can visit me and I’ll discuss it with him.” Read more: https://pt.org.br/video-lula-da-aula-sobre-previdencia-e-desmonta-farsa-da-reforma/
3. Lula’s legacy in the field of Education was once more a cause for celebration, this time at the graduation ceremony for Law students from the State University of Rio Grande do Norte (Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte - UERN) which took place this weekend. As is well known, even without a university degree, Lula is the Brazilian president awarded the largest number of honorary degrees ( honoris causa) in the history of the country. Read more here: http://www.institutolula.org/estudante-de-direito-quebra-protocolo-em-formatura-no-rn
4. This Monday (April 29), the activities of the Free Lula Vigil were coordinated by the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST). Working started early, when members of the movement marched up to the democratic resistance encampment to take part in the traditional “Good morning, President Lula!” Grateful for the legacy left by PT governments to land-related causes, MST members have been among the most combative in the defense of freedom for Lula.