Lula attacks Bolsonaro but remains cautious on the 2022 presidential elections – The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has not resolved his reservations about a possible candidacy in the presidential elections of 2022. “Now I have no head to think about it,” he said in his first speech since a Supreme Court judge on Monday overturned his sentence for the apartment that he would have received as a bribe in the Petrobras scandal, giving him back the possibility of a return to the political scene. Lula, however, left no doubts about his judgment of Jair Bolsonaro’s government.

A frontal attack

In front of the media, the 75-year-old former leader of the South American giant attacked the current president head-on for how he dealt with the coronavirus pandemic that killed more than 266,000 people in the country, the second highest number of deaths worldwide, after the United States.

“Do not follow any of the idiotic decisions of the President or the Minister of Health”, he thundered defending vaccines as a tool to stop the circulation of the virus. “I will get vaccinated, regardless of the country (where the whey is produced; ed) and I want to warn (of this; ed) the Brazilian people”, he added.

After the injection, scheduled for next week, Lula will resume her Brazilian tour because she wants to return “to fight tirelessly” for her country. The criticisms of Bolsonaro then extended to other themes. “This country does not have a government! It does not deal with the economy, wages, employment, health, the environment, the young people of the periphery! What do they do?”. Lula recalled that “Brazil was not born to be small. Brazil was born to be large”, underlining how, under his leadership, the country had become the sixth economy in the world.

The pebbles of the former president

Former metal worker and trade union leader, Lula led Brazil from 2003 to 2010 during a phase of great growth for the economy. The former leader of the Brazilian left then wanted to remove more than a pebble from his shoes after the 580 days spent in the cell. “I was the victim of the greatest judicial injustice in the 500-year history of Brazil”.

And then he wanted to remember how the judicial “pressure” against him “accelerated” the cardiovascular problems that ultimately led to the death of his wife, Marisa Leticia Rocco and how the authorities prevented him from attending his brother’s funeral. Genival Inacio da Silva.

If there is a Brazilian who should have many and deep resentments, that is me. But I don’t have them, I don’t hold a grudge against anyone, because the suffering that the Brazilian people are experiencing, the poor people of this country, is infinitely greater than any crime committed against me. “He also confessed that he never lost his hope of a rehabilitation: “I was sure that the truth would win and that day has come”.

Thanks for the solidarity

Finally, Lula reserved part of his speech to thank those who have been close to him in these 18 difficult months, including Pope Francis and the Argentine president Alberto Fernandez. Figures who, together with other political leaders, have shown him “continuous evidence of solidarity”.

Lula said that, when he was in prison, the Pope “sent a person” to visit him with a letter and then received him in the Vatican. “He didn’t do it to have a long conversation about my case but to discuss the fight against inequality, which is the greatest evil that exists on planet Earth today.”

Fernandez, on the other hand, in 2019 “had the courage”, as a candidate for the presidency of his country, to visit him. “I asked him not to give interviews so as not to be harmed by the right, but he said to me: ‘Lula, I have no problem with what they will say, because I know that you are the victim of the greatest injustice in Latin American politics'”. The former president also revealed that Fernandez “was the first” to call him by phone after the Supreme Court judge’s decision.



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