Lula da Silva: “I don’t have to prove my innocence, they do”

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Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / November 10, 2016.

Brazil’s Former President denounced a pact between the media, the Public Ministry and judges to make false accusations against him.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva affirmed last Tuesday that he is not concerned about showing his banking accounts nor testifying because he is innocent and has not committed any sort of act of corruption.

“I am enduring this because I do not have to prove my innocence, they (right-wing politicians) have to prove theirs” said the leader of the Workers’ Party (PT) at a gathering of social movements, trade unions and activists. unnamed

The former President repeated that he didn’t commit any type of crime nor illegal act, before, neither during nor after his Presidency. “They are making an accusation, without any proof or guarantees”.

Da Silva said that what worries him is the fact “that there is an ongoing pact between the media, the Federal Politics, the Public Minister and the Judge”. “I’d rather  be here not to defend myself but to accuse the evil media of this country due to their shameless lies” he said, in reference to media attacks on him and other leaders of left forces.

“They are not worried about finding the truth–for them, the most important thing is trying to calumniate people for corruption scandals”, Lula said in relation to the authorities’ lack of investigation on this matter. He stressed that they are not interested in attacking him personally, but they want to undermine the political process that showed that it is possible to have a governmetn that promotes the inclusion of sectors that were once invisible.

On the other hand, the Brazilian former President warned about the dangerous moment that the country is going through due to the restrictions of freedoms and added that the interim government will not respect democracy or ensure compliance.

He said that every time they “tried to shut us down at any historical moment in this country, or any other country, the only word they used was corruption, for that reason I want to tell them that they are accusing an honest person who is going to fight until his innocence is proved”.

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