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Bulletin 511 – People’s Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy

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Bulletin 511 – People’s Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy

Curitiba – 7/15/2019 – 465 days of resistance – 7:40 pm

 

  1. Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva praised the mobilization of students in the fight against the backwards policies of the far-right government of Jair Bolsonaro, especially in the area of public education. In a letter sent to the National Students’ Union (UNE), read out during its 57th national conference, Lula wrote: “First of all, I’d like to say that you have given me some of the greatest joy in some of the hardest times that Brazil has lived through. I was touched to learn that hundreds of thousands of students took to the streets of Brazil in the days of May to defend the things we built together and which this government wants to destroy.” Read more here: https://pt.org.br/lula-a-une-a-geracao-de-voces-tem-o-desafio-de-lutar-contra-o-atraso-e-a-opressao/

 

  1. Progressive leaders and intellectuals from all over Latin America meeting in Puebla, Mexico, this Sunday (July 14) released a joint statement on the need to respond at an adequate scale to the “lawfare” being used in the region. According to the document, “the legal war which has been undertaken in the last few years against the progressive leaders of Latin America is a novel and aggressive form of substituting military arms with the manipulation of legal resources.” The document cites the example of the imprisonment of Lula as the most emblematic case. Read more here: https://pt.org.br/no-mexico-liderancas-denunciam-perseguicao-politica-a-lula/

 

  1. This Monday (July 15) the Free Lula Committees across Brazil and in other countries stepped up the campaign to have people sign a petition in favor of freedom for the former president. The goal is to have the injustice committed against Lula reversed. The document is available in six languages and may be filled in online. This campaign is taking pace just at the time that the political persecution against Lula is becoming ever more evident. To sign the petition and download informative material on the subject, please click on the link below: https://pt.org.br/abaixo-assinado-pela-liberdade-de-lula-e-lancado-internacionalmente/

 

  1. This Monday’s (July 15) “Good morning, President Lula!” yell was led by students from the Paraná State School for Landless Youth, who took advantage of their holidays to appear at the resistance site in Curitiba. The young activists also took part in a march to start the day’s activities.

 

  1. The conversation circle, which also took place during the morning, debated the connection between the country and the city, with tales of experiences delivering organic baskets and cooperative production in the agrarian reform areas of Paraná. The event took place under coordination of the Landless Workers’ Movement. Agrarian reform gained historic momentum during the Lula and Dilma governments, up until the parliamentary, judicial and media coup of 2016. According to INCRA data, 771,000 families received title to land ownership under PT governments, more than half of the total beneficiaries in the history of agrarian reform in Brazil. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2YPRc2W

 

Bulletin 511 – People’s Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy

Curitiba – 7/15/2019 – 465 days of resistance – 7:40 pm]

 

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