Bulletin 116 – People’s Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy

Curitiba, Paraná,Brazil – 6/14/2018 – 9:50 PM


  1. The president of the CUT Labor Union Federation, Vagner Freitas, visited former president Lula on Thursday afternoon (June 14th), at the Federal Police Superintendency in Curitiba. He took a document with a working class platform, which set out 22 emergency points for Brazil to overcome its crisis. After the visit, Freitas said he had been afraid of finding Lula in low spirits but ended up being cheered by the former president’s enthusiasm. “I’ve never seen a candidate as keen to be president of Brazil as former President Lula is.” Freitas went on to say that Lula had asked him to pass on to Brazil the hope of a man who has been wronged and who wants to prove his innocence more than ever. “He believes that the best thing Brazilians can do is to fight for democracy.” Read more:



  1. In the morning, Vagner Freitas visited the Free Lula Vigil, where he took part in the “good morning” yell to former President Lula and talked to activists. In Freitas’ words: “Lula is a political prisoner – legally there is nothing against him – and is in prison precisely because he is the hope of Brazilian workers.” He reiterated that no-one else would be the PT’s presidential candidate. Read more: http://www.pt.org.br/em-curitiba-vagner-freitas-diz-que-lula-e-unico-candidato/


  1. The phrase that gives it name to Olga Benário Square, where the Free Lula Vigil takes place, was given new relevance this morning after a fascist attack carried out the night before. Representatives of the far right abused and insulted members of the Vigil, ignoring the rule that counter-demonstrations should occur on the opposite side of the space of democratic resistance. As a form of provocation and demonstration of his party-political militancy, Federal Police delegate Gaston Schefer Neto wrote “Bolsonaro 2018” on the street where the Vigil takes place. Read more:



  1. Mano Brown, one of the greatest chroniclers of life in the peripheries of Brazil’s cities, openly expressed his support for a Lula victory in the presidential elections. Brown, the leader of Racionais MCs, also praised the social transformations brought about by the former president’s governments. In an interview published on Thursday, Brown said he was worried that Brazil would lose the gains it had made under PT governments. He said that, in the last few years, Brazil had been caught in a morass of despair and low self-esteem. “Now, more than ever, people need their confidence back.” Read more:



Bulletin 116 – People’s Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy


Curitiba – 6/14/2018 – 9:50 PM

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