By Richard Burgon MP
A look at the what’s at stake in the Brazilian elections, how we got here, and the importance of Lula’s campaign against Bolsonaro and the far-right – ahead of the “Lula and the Return of Hope to Brazil” solidarity event on Thursday, June 23rd.
Brazil’s upcoming election is not just crucial for Latin America’s largest and most populous country, but one with significant ramifications around the globe.
Far-right President Bolsonaro is trailing in the polls to former Brazilian Workers Party (PT) President Lula, with elections due to take place in October.
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A presidential election takes place in Brazil this autumn which can give socialists around the world much hope, writes chair of Young Labour Jess Barnard.
Earlier this month, I was honoured to speak at the London launch of the international committee for Lula’s bid to return to the presidency of Brazil.
It was great to see Brazilians here in London ready to organise for change for workers across Brazil, who opinion polls show are ready to reject President Bolsonaro and elect Lula as a president committed to opposing savage austerity and the far-right’s politics of hate.
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By Patrick Foley, Brazil Solidarity Initiative
In cities in Brazil and across the globe, campaign launch events were held to celebrate former Brazilian President Lula da Silva, the candidate set to beat far-right president Bolsonaro in the October elections.
In London, PT Londres (the Brazilian Workers’ Party in London) hosted Brazilian campaigners, solidarity activists and representatives from across the Labour movement in a joyous show of support for Lula’s candidacy. The meeting heard contributions from Jeremy Corbyn, Christine Blower, Andy McDonald MP, Jess Barnard, academics, trade union leaders and PT activists mobilising ahead of the elections.
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Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva’s has written a personal letter to the Latin America Conference – thanking everyone involved internationally in the fight for his freedom. After 580 days as a political prisoner, Lula is now out of prison, but the fight for Brazilian democracy goes on.
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Victor Marques, an activist from the Brazilian Workers’ Party on the significance of Lula’s release, the movement that made it possible and the continuing fight against the Bolsonaro regime. (9/11/19)
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The latest secret archive article from The Intercept – Lula’s accusers are desperately trying to get him out of prison, while he insists on staying there until he’s fully exonerated. (5/10/19)
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Imprisoned former Brazilian President Lula sends a message of solidarity to Labour Party conference – and warns of the danger of the rising far-right across the world. (22/09/19)
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Parliamentarians, trade unionists, journalists, academics, activists and campaigners join the world-wide movement calling for former Brazilian President Lula da Silva’s freedom. (11/04/19)
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UK and international trade unions have demanded the immediate release from prison of former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) in London attempted to hand in a letter demanding Brazil #FreeLula to the Brazilian embassy today. It read as follows: “The arrest of Lula is a disgraceful attack on freedom and progress, and will have a serious effect on how Brazil is viewed in the UK and around the world. Lula must be freed at once, and allowed to contest the upcoming election to restore trust in Brazil’s respect for justice and democracy. We are proud to have joined unions around the world on this international day of action, in standing with Brazilian workers and demanding freedom for Lula.”
Unions in attendance were Unite, the GMB, NASUWT, NEU and UNISON, with the TUC and the TUC’s London, Southern & Eastern Region.
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Trust in the rule of law in Brazil suffered a severe blow on Wednesday as an appeal court failed to provide former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva with a fair trial. The court ignored all evidence of Lula´s innocence and proceeded to uphold a sentence handed by a lower court, increasing it to more than 12 years. (29/01/18)
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