By: The Dawn News / January 15, 2018
Some are calling it the Brazilian coup’s endgame, others the “final battle” for Brazil’s next decade.
Former President Lula, who held office from 2003-2011 has twice the support of his nearest rival to succeed Putschist Michel Temer in the October 2018 elections.
However, on the 24th January in the southern city of Porto Alegre, he will face judgement on his appeal against a conviction which could prevent him running for office, a case which numerous critics, at home and abroad, have dismissed as baseless and without actual evidence. If his conviction is upheld he would not only be barred from the Presidency but face arrest and up to a decade in prison.
Many are sending their messages of solidarity with Lula, to defend the candidate of the people of Brazil and the democratic system itself.
Below, we offer a sample e-mail to send to the officials of the Federal Court of Justice of Porto Alegre to exhort them to abide by the law.
To: [email protected],jus.br
Subject: Solidarity with Lula da Silva
Dear Officials of the Federal Court of Justice of Porto Alegre,
I am writing to express my concern over the political trial that is being carried out against President Lula da Silva, which would prevent him from running in the 2018 elections, despite having presented no proof whatsoever of wrongdoing by the accused.
Unless undeniable proof is presented to prove that Lula Da Silva committed the crime of corruption, the unnecessary prolongation of this trial must be regarded as no less than a political persecution to prevent Lula da Silva from running in the 2018 elections.
This constitutes a serious attack on democracy as it denies the people of Brazil the right to freely elect the candidate of their choosing. A candidate that, according to the polls, will most likely win the elections in every foreseeable scenario.
As a President, Lula implemented policies to fulfill the rights of the people and fought against economic inequality, racism and patriarchy. Brazil needs to continue on that path of sovereignty, anti-neoliberalism and dignity for the people, and right now, another presidential term held by Lula is the best answer.
I hope you put justice first and let the Brazilian people decide on their future.
Read more about Lula’s trial:
- Brazilian Polls: Lula wins the elections in every possible scenario, while rejection towards Temer grows
- Brazil: Social movements and lawyers mobilize in support of former President Lula
- Former President Lula and the MST inaugurate a soccer field in Brazil
- Lula’s Witch Trial: Who Are The TRF4 Who Will Judge the Former President of Brazil?