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President Lula suffers an unprecedented judicial persecution in world history. This persecution has a clear objective: to prevent Lula from being elected again to carry out the economic, political and social achievements that the Brazilian people need in order to become ever more proud and sovereign. There is no evidence of a single crime committed by Lula in these trials. And there is no evidence because there were no crimes! But the evidence of his innocence that appears in the process is being ignored and disregarded. No one has been so extensively investigated in all these years. No one has ever been so widely exposed and had his life examined as Lula has. And they found nothing. No bank account abroad, no hidden patrimony. Only partisan convictions, theories without factual basis, arbitrary hypotheses, and an intense political dispute justify and substantiate the legal proceedings against him.
Thus, next January 24 is scheduled the trial at the court of appeal of one of the processes against Lula at the Court of Porto Alegre.
For this period, we are organizing a WORLD SOLIDARITY JOURNEY FOR LULA in 22-24 January, for which we ask for your commitment and support.
Among the actions of solidarity with Lula, last January 2 we sent the petition “Election without Lula is a fraud”. We would like to reiterate the request to sign and release this petition:
For the next 22 and 24 January, the day of the trial at the court of appeal, we propose interventions in social networks:
- On 22 and 24 January, between noon and 2 p.m. (Brasilia time) we will install support messages with the hashtags:
The hashtag that will be used in Brazil for the mobilizations is #EleicaoSemLulaEFraude, so be sure to follow their content on the networks.
In these same days, we will make a new and wide publication of the petition in the networks.
We invite you to send your adhesion to the e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post support videoS for Lula.
We ask you to send videos (no more than 30 seconds) that include: name, organization, country, importance of the defense of Lula and democracy for the continent and peoples from all over world and a call to participate and publicize the campaign “Election without Lula is a fraud”.
These videos should be sent to: email@example.com
- Take pictures with posters in defense of Lula and democracy in Brazil and post them through the networks.
Here you may find some suggestions:
– In defense of democracy and Lula
– In defense of Lula’s right to be a candidate
– Pursuing Lula is to attack the rule of law
– Lula’s crime: taking 36 million people out of poverty
– Defending Lula is to defend democracy
– Justice for Lula
Please identify yourself when sending your photo: name, organization and country.
Enter one or more hashtags:
- Promote acts and activities in front of Brazilian embassies and/or consulates on the subject of justice as a tool for political persecution and Lula’s defense.
Send the memory and photos of these activities for: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post the material and information sent here on the party’s and internal vehicles of each force and press of your country.
We are confident of the victory, with Lula and with the people!
The mobilizations will happen through the accounts below. We invite you to follow them:
Twitter: @ptbrasil and @lulapelobrasil
Instagram: @pt13_oficial and @luizinacioluladasilvaoficial
Facebook: @pt.brasil and @Lula
Links for further information
Manifesto Election without Lula is fraud
The attempt to schedule the date of the trial of Lula’s appeal for the 24th of January is empty of legality. It is purely an act of persecution of the most popular Brazilian leader. The recourse to resort to spurious expedient to intervene in the electoral process happens because the coup of Dilma’s Impeachment did not generate a political regime of lasting conservative stability.
The strategic plan underway, following Dilma’s removal from the presidency, cuts workers’ rights, threatens public pensions, privatizes Petrobras, Eletrobras and public banks, and abandons the active and proud foreign policy.
The labor reform and the limit of expenditure did not attract the promised foreign investments, which could support the campaign for a government aligned with neoliberalism in 2018. In the face of unpopularity, these sectors have failed to build, so far, a viable candidate for president.
Lula grows in the polls in all scenarios in the first and the second rounds, and can even win in the first round. The scenario of overwhelming victory of Lula would mean the failure of the coup and would enable the opening of a new political cycle.
Hence, anything goes in the plot to prevent Lula’s candidature: condemnation in the Porto Alegre court, the creation of a semi-parliament and the postponement of the elections. None of the listed actions is out of question. They build up the evil arsenal of the political forces that do not value democracy.
A persecution entirely political, which will only be defeated on the political ground. More than a tactical or electoral problem, the victory or defeat in this fight will have strategic and long-term consequences.
Brazil is experiencing a time of crossroads: either restore social rights and the democratic rule of law or be defeated and watch the final implementation of a capitalist society without regulations, based on the super-exploitation of workers.
This type of society requires a State reinforced with instruments of exception to suppress universities, intellectuals, workers, women, youth, the poor, the black people. Ultimately, all the exploited and oppressed that rise up against the new system.
Thus, the issue of the persecution of Lula does not refer only to the Workers Party and the left, but to all Brazilian citizens. As never before in our generation of fighters, what is at stake is the future of democracy.
Statement in defense of Lula, signed by parliamentarians of the PT in the Federal Senate and in the Chamber of Deputies
Here you can find the book for download in English, with video commentary by President Dilma Rousseff.