Lula accuses Brazilian courts of "lying" and "criminalizing the left"
The former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva delivered on Friday, barely released after a year and a half in jail, a combative speech in which he denounced the liberal economic orientations of the ultra-right-wing Government of Jair Bolsonaro. "Apart from continuing to fight to improve the life of the Brazilian people, to fight so that those guys do not continue to hand over the country, I want to show the liar side" of judicial institutions that "work to criminalize the left," said the former union leader and former head of the former Left Executive before hundreds of fervent supporters.
Currently, "the town is going hungry, is unemployed, the people work for Uber or delivering pizza by bicycle," he said at the gates of the Federal Police headquarters in Curitiba, in the south of the country. There he was held since April 2018, serving an eight-year sentence and ten months in prison for passive corruption (comparable to the crime of improper bribery in Spain) and money laundering (money laundering).
Upon departure, this veteran 74-year-old political leader was waiting for the main leaders of the Workers' Party (PT) and also for various social movements, as well as the participants of the camp who wished him "good morning" and "good night" for 580 days »Shouting to the window of the room where he was being held. At the rally he also showed himself for the first time in public with his partner, the sociologist Rosángela da Silva, with whom he hugged, and reiterated that he intended to marry her, as he had already made known through close friends and in several interviews in jail.
Referring to his plans, he announced that he would go to Sao Paulo and then prepare to "tour Brazil." Lula was released following a decision late Thursday of the Brazilian Supreme Court, which prohibited compliance with prison sentences as long as the defendants did not exhaust all judicial remedies. He was convicted as a beneficiary of an apartment on the coast of Sao Paulo, offered by a construction company in exchange for contracts in the state-owned Petrobras.
But the former unionist, who faces at least six other judicial processes for different possible irregularities during his term, denies the charges and considers himself a victim of judicial manipulation to prevent him from running for the 2018 presidential elections, in which Bolsonaro was elected. His position gained strength when the ultra-rightist leader appointed Judge Sergio Moro as Minister of Justice, emblem of the Lava Jato anti-corruption operation and author of the first conviction against the former president.
A "rotten" justice
In his speech, Lula also denounced “the rotten side of justice, the rotten side of the Public Ministry, the rotten side of the Federal Police, the rotten side of the Treasury body, capable of working – according to him – to try to criminalize the left, to criminalize the PT, to criminalize Lula ».
Bolsonaro, on the other hand, has not yet reacted directly to the release of Lula, practically determined after the decision of the highest Brazilian judicial body that should lead to the examination of the situation of almost 5,000 prisoners. Not all of them, however, will be released, because the most dangerous cases will be issued preventive detention.
Two of the president's children, on the other hand, multiplied their messages on Twitter. "Thousands of prisoners will be released (…), will generate serious internal and external social and economic consequences," wrote Councilman Carlos Bolsonaro. In turn, Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro retweeted the leader of a conservative movement, who said: "Lula will not be an adversary, because Lula is politically finished."
According to different political analysts, Lula in freedom will strengthen both the PT and, paradoxically, Bolsonaro, since he was able to capture the hatred of a part of the electorate towards the former union leader, promising to even make the ex-president "rot in jail."
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