“I will fight with all of my energy, until the end of my days," said the former Brazilian President.
As presidential candidates hit the campaign trail leading up to the October general elections, former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva keeps writing from his prison cell in the federal police headquarters in Curitiba, Parana. His latest piece is a scathing overview of the Senate-imposed presidency of Michel Temer, “born through a parliamentary coup” and a “growing threat to national sovereignty.”
He explained that the “political and economic forces that sustain him (Temer) are linked to foreign interests,” a reality which has “shredded the Constitution and democracy to implement an agenda that squanders Brazil's wealth, disaggregates the State and interrupts Latin-American integration.”
Lula noted that it has been habitual throughout Brazilian history that a significant part of the elite class “aligned themselves” with foreign interests, aiding in the strategic attempt to “destabilize the constitutional order.”
“My imprisonment and persecution is part of this national submission project...Temer's government and his supporters have dedicated themselves to destroy the historic development we achieved in our country.”
Lula also cited privatization of Eletrobras and other public companies, cuts in social programs, labor reform and other austerity measures as proof of Brazil's regression since the impeachment of his successor, former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
“I want to return to the presidency in order for Brazil to re-establish its protagonism on the world stage and the respect of all peoples around the planet, returning to the endeavor of building a new international order, which is democratic and multipolar, lifted by the right to self-determination and peace between nations,” Lula wrote.
“I will fight with all of my energy, until the end of my days, (the right to participate) in this upcoming election and every other battle to defeat the servile-mongers who have undermined our constitutional order and sovereignty.”
Lula's letter comes one day after 29 U.S Congressmen, including senator and former 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, sent a letter to the Brazilian ambassador in Washington, Sergio Amaral, denouncing the “highly questionable and politicized” judicial case against him. It also comes just weeks after an appeal judge ordered his release, a request that was promptly denied by a higher court.
Despite his conviction and imprisonment for alleged corruption, events that many legal experts and observers attribute to lawfare and a salacious mainstream media campaign, Lula has topped every 2018 electoral poll conducted by Vox Populi, Ibope, Datafolha, Data Poder 360, Instituto Parana, the National Confederation of Transportation/MDA and Ipsos.
His two terms in office were marked by a slew of social programs, lifting millions of Brazilians out of poverty and removing the country from the United Nations World Hunger Map. He left office with a record approval rating of 83 percent in 2011, according to Datafolha.