Fernando Haddad said: “today we commemorate 39 years of existence of the party that changed the face of Brazil and opened horizons for those who had never dreamed of a better life.”
The Brazilian Workers Party (PT) commemorated on Saturday its 39th anniversary, in Sao Paulo, under the theme of freedom for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva - the party's most important leader, who has been wrongfully imprisoned.
The anniversary takes place on Sunday, February 10, but the early celebrations started on Saturday. The PT has called Lula "the heart of the country, that beats in our hearts," and continues protesting against the unfair and politically-influenced sentence of the former president which started in April 2018. The PT militants are commemorating the 39th anniversary of their party and marking it as "day 309 of resistance."
The militants united at the meeting sounded off the "Lula Livre" (Free Lula) representative warcry that echoed through the Bank Workers Union Hall in downtown São Paulo. The slogan, "always besides people" was part of the commemorations.
Federal Congresswoman and PT President Gleisi Hoffmann (Paraná), recounted that Lula was the first working-class president ever elected in Brazil. Paulo Pimenta, Federal congressman for the Rio Grande do Sul state, and leader in the lower chamber representing the PT, stated that "nobody would like to be at this demonstration (in Sao Paulo) more than Lula."
Fernando Haddad, PT's presidential candidate in 2018, said, “today we commemorate 39 years of existence of the party that changed the face of Brazil and opened horizons for those who had never dreamed of a better life.”
There were other demonstrations held in Brazil and abroad, where activists from across Brazil remembered President Lula and his condition as a political prisoner, victim of arbitrary processes that were contaminated by the political and ideological positions of judges.
At the Lula Livre Vigil in Curitiba, where former President Lula is detained, activists from caravans that arrived from around the country greeted President Lula with chants of 'good morning' and 'good afternoon.' During both demonstrations, activists emphasized the importance of increasing the movement for freedom for the former president.