“I have been the victim of the biggest legal and political lie in Brazil’s 500-year history, but the day of truth has come.” Luiz Inacio da Silva, better known as “Lula”, wore jeans and a crumpled shirt, old and ornate, on the stage from which it all began, at the headquarters of the Mineralogical Union of São Bernardo do Campo in São Paulo. He asks the doctors for permission on stage before he takes off his red Labor Party mask, then begins a frank, lively, and angry speech that will last nearly two hours. an arm. He criticized the incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro and his “folly”, and against Judge Morrow, the senior investigator in the Lava Gatto investigation who sent him to prison for 580 days, which he described as “the biggest liar in the country.”
If it had not been returned. Even if the official announcement of his candidacy for the presidential elections in 2022 has not yet been announced, “I don’t have the mind to think about it,” the message is clear: He took the field and had no intention of retreating, “I’m 75 but I feel like a young man, like a 35-year-old man, I want to devote the rest of my life no matter how long it takes, so that these people come back to The dream ». He does not submit a request, but he re-introduces himself, and recounts his political history, the successes achieved in the years (from 2003 to 2011) in which he was responsible -“ Brazil became the sixth economy in the world ”- and today’s failures in power,“ concerned with selling weapons. More than his concern for a people getting impoverished. ”He remembers the suffering he endured in prison (including the death of his wife) and the closeness of many people, from Pope Francis to US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, to former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema. On many fronts, from the economy to managing the epidemic (“Don’t believe Bolsonaro’s stupidity: get vaccinated – he says – Brazil does not have a government, it does not have a health minister, and it does not have a health minister. Minister of the economy”). And he concludes with an ecumenical appeal made above all To the world of business and finance: “Don’t be afraid of me, for I am not a radical if you I want to build a fair world. Our country does not deserve the situation it finds itself in. It was not born to be small. “
It was Lula’s first public visit since Federal Supreme Court Judge Edison Fashin overturned the judgments. He was charged with corruption against him, as part of the Lava Gato investigation into the alleged embezzlement of the resources of the state oil company, Petrobras. The ruling court had no territorial jurisdiction to try the former head of state, and Fashin effectively granted him all political rights, as the crimes would end before an unexpected retrial. Victory, however, is not yet complete. The Supreme Court has yet to determine whether Judge Morrow was impartial in judging Lula and handling the Lava Gato investigation. On Tuesday, the court split: 2 votes in favor and 2 votes against, the fifth judge requested more time to assess the complaint filed by Lula and her party. Lula’s legal future and the future of dozens of other convicts depends on this ruling. Only then is Lula likely to resolve the reservations to the 2022 vote.
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