26 de April de 2019

1. All eyes were on Curitiba today, where ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva gave an interview to the Folha de São Paulo and El Pais newspapers. It was the first interview since he was politically imprisoned, victim of a ruling that was manipulated by ex-Judge Sérgio Moro, who became a politician in an ultra-right wing government that he helped elect. Lula told the journalists, “I work hard to overcome the issues of hate and of deep resentment. I have many sad moments here, but you know what keeps me alive? I have a commitment to this country.”

2. respect that Lula has for the Lula Livre Vigil is transmitted systematically with every new manifestation made by the ex-President. During the interview on this Friday, April 26, it couldn’t have been any different. “I hear it every single day. When there is an activity, I hear the discourse from 9 AM to 9 PM. It’s music, it’s singing. I sincerely do not know how I will be able to thank these people some day. There are people who have been out there since the day I arrived. They go home, wash their clothes and come back. I will be be eternally grateful.”

3. Lawyers for the defense of the former President say that the ruling made on Thursday, April 25th, by the judge of the 34th Civil court of São Paulo demonstrates the arbitrary actions made by former judge Sérgio Moro against Lula. The ruling states that neither Lula nor his family members every received an apartment in Guarujá. The defense team hopes that this ruling can overturn the arbitrary judgment made against Lula in the higher courts.

3. The “good afternoon President Lula,” shout on this Friday, April 26th, was coordinated by Ana Terra, Woman’s Secretary of the Paraná State PT, Haide Maria Jesus, from the Black Movement, and the women from the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST). During her speech, Ana Terra read a letter of repudiation against the sexist, racists, misogynist and homophobic behavior of far right extremist President Jair Bolsonaro.

4. One day after the end of the Penal Measures Seminar, which had the goal of debating the so-called “anti-crime package” presented by Justice Minister Sérgio Moro, a public letter on Lula’s current legal situation was released. The document, signed by lawmakers, directors and activists from the PT together with legal specialists and members of other political parties including Maranhão governor Flávio Dino (PCdoB), says that Lula should be transferred to a semi-open regime due to the Supreme Justice Court’s decision on April 23rd. The signatories argue, however, that any penalty applied to Lula is “unjust and unworthy, since the ex-President has not committed any crime.”

Bulletin 431 – People’s Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy
Straight from Curitiba – 4/26/2019 – 385 days of resistance – 7:20 PM