31 May '18, 9am

#HumanRights Defending democracy in #Brazil means demanding #LuladaSilva’s freedom https://t.co/RdO2nIL9gC

The unlawful imprisonment of Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, Brazil’s former president, and the speed with which his false charges were pushed through the courts show how aggressively the country’s rightwing forces are pushing back against the working classes. Shouting Lula Livre - “Free Lula” - is about far more than showing support for Lula’s Workers’ Party, or backing a particular candidate. And what is at stake is a political, not a judicial, struggle: the dominant classes are desperate to prevent Lula from running in October’s presidential election, because they want to stall greater social equality. In this context the fight for Lula’s right to be a candidate represents the resistance of the peasants, the working classes, students, feminists, environmentalists, black and indigenous peoples to current attempts to destroy several decades of hard-won progress on Brazilian ...

Full article: https://theecologist.org/2018/may/31/defending-democracy-...

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