By: Fania Rodrigues / Source: Brasil de Fato / The Dawn News / January 22, 2018
Scheduled solidarity demonstrations will be held in Spain, Mexico, Holland, Belgium and a host of other countries.
Demonstrations in support of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva are taking place in various countries across the globe in the lead up to Lula’s appeals hearing on Wednesday, which will take place in the city of Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul.
“Lula is considered a legitimate political leader both in an outside of Brazil. He has the the legal right to a fair trial. And that isn’t what is happening, he being tried for crimes with no evidence,” said social worker and organizer Marcia Nunes from Holland.
Meanwhile, in New York City, Lula supporters gathered in Union Square on Sunday to defend the former Brazilian President.
“Our act took place on Sunday in a Union Square, which is a symbol of political resistance and social struggle. Since the impeachment proceedings against former president Dilma Rousseff, which we consider to be a coup, have held various demonstrations in Union Square,” Eduardo Vianna, university professor and organizers of the protest stated.
Additionally, the International Front of Brazilians Against the Coup (FIBRA), the group that has helped coordinate many of the global solidarity protests, issued a statement last week saying, “Supporting Lula during this moment is about restoring democracy to our country.”
Scheduled solidarity demonstrations will be held in Germany, Spain, Mexico, Holland, Belgium and a host of other countries.
The international acts of solidarity coincide with national mobilizations in defense of Brazil’s former President.
In the context of heightened political tensions, members from various social movements including the Brazil Popular Front (Frente Brasil Popular) are currently holding protests across the country in defense of their former president.
Prosecutors claim that since leaving the presidency, Lula da Silva allegedly accepted US$ 1.1 million in bribes from construction company OAS to pay for a beachside apartment in Guarujá, São Paulo state.
However, leading up to the court ruling, various high-profile public officials and legal experts have issued statements of support for the former President, arguing that the charges are politically motivated attempts to prevent him from running for re-election in the 2018 October general election.