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Como é tênue a linha que separa a história contada por quem tem o poder da que é contada pelo povo…
Há mais de dois séculos um “bandido” chamado Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, nosso Tiradentes, foi sentenciado à morte por lutar pela libertação do Brasil frente a Portugal. Muitos defensores da ordem e dos bons costumes bradaram contra ele: Bandido! Ladrão! Gritavam eles…
Hoje lutamos pela nossa libertação frente aos Estados Unidos que desejam usurpar as nossas quase infindáveis reservas energéticas e usufruir da nossa eterna condição de subserviência como um país de miseráveis.
Convido-os hoje à seguinte reflexão: de que lado você está hoje? Dos que se baseiam numa condenação forjada de Lula e num impeachment forjado de Dilma Rousseff a mando dos Estados Unidos, para gritarem Bandidos! Ladrões! Ou você está do lado de Tiradentes e de todos que têm coragem de enfrentar e combater o discurso hipócrita das elites que ainda controlam o Brasil?
Lula ainda será considerado um herói nacional. E os que hoje voltam o seu ódio contra ele são os mesmos que um dia também cuspiram e condenaram à morte um “bandido” chamado Jesus.
How thin is the line that separates the story told by the powerfull of the one is told by the people…
More than two centuries ago, a “bandit” named Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, our Tiradentes, was sentenced to death for fighting for the liberation of Brazil from Portugal.
Many defenders of order and good manners cried out against him: Bandit! Thief! They shouted … Today we are fighting for our liberation from the United States that wants to usurp our almost endless energy reserves and enjoy our eternal condition of subservience as a country of miserable people.
I invite you today to the following reflection: on whose side are you today? Of those who rely on a forged condemnation of Lula and a forged impeachment of Dilma Rousseff at the behest of the United States, to shout Bandits! Thieves! Or are you on the side of Tiradentes and all who have the courage to confront and fight the hypocritical discourse of the elites who still control Brazil?
Lula will be considered a national hero. And those who now turn their hatred against him are the same who one day also spit and condemned to death a “bandit” named Jesus.
Leftwing housing activists in Brazil have occupied the beachfront triplex apartment at the centre of a corruption case against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was jailed last weekend on corruption charges.
Prosecutors say that Lula was promised the beachfront apartment in the seaside town Guarujá in return for helping the construction company OAS secure lucrative contracts with Brazil’s state oil firm Petrobras, but they dont show what contracts and what actions were taken (indetermined acts). He is still appealing against the conviction but is already in jail.
Lula’s defence say that there is no material evidence linking him to the apartment and that the prosecution’s case rests on the testimony of the OAS executive Léo Pinheiro, who after said for two times Lula is inocent had his sentence increased to 26 years in prison, entered a plea bargain to receive a reduced sentence for corruption and money laundering.
On Monday morning, around 50 members of the homeless workers movement (MTST) occupied the apartment for several hours, hanging flags from the balcony and roof. Another hundred gathered outside the building, chanting slogans in support of Lula.
The movement often occupies unused privately owned land and buildings, in São Paulo and across Brazil to call for more affordable housing. Such occupations are permitted in Brazil’s constitution.
The MTST leader Guilherme Boulos, who was beside Lula when he gave a fiery speech to tupporters before handing himself in to federal police last weekend, posted on social media: “If [the apartment is] Lula’s, the people can stay. If not, then why is he in jail?”
In an interview with the Guardian on Sunday, Boulos, claimed Lula’s imprisonment was part of a calculated plot to prevent him winning October’s election.
“As I see things, Lula’s conviction was unjust and political … [and] clearly designed to remove him from the electoral process. Today he is in prison because of a judicial farce,” said Boulos, who is himself preparing a run for Brazil’s presidency for the leftist Socialism and Liberty party (PSOL).
Boulos admitted Lula had made mistakes during his two terms as president: “[But] what we are talking about here is an attack on democracy and the lynching of a figure of Lula’s importance.”
Boulos vowed to hand a pardon to Brazil’s jailed former leader if he was elected. “Certainly, from our point of a view a pardon would be an appropriate measure,” he said.
According to opinion polls released yesterday by polling institute Datafolha, Lula continues to lead the presidential race with more than twice the voting intention of his closest rival, the rightwing former army captain Jair Bolsonaro, who was last week charged by Brazil’s prosecutor general with hate speech against black, indigenous and gay people.