The former President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said in a letter released Saturday that he is in resistance because "I know that I still have an important mission to fulfill at this moment in which democracy, national sovereignty and the rights of the Brazilian people are threatened by powerful economic and political interests, even from foreign powers."
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The worker leader said his opponents "want him to disappear, but it is not me who they should be afraid of: it is the people."
Through a letter to the Brazilian people, many of whom met Saturday at the Lula Livre National Meeting held in Sao Paulo, Lula detailed the injustices to which he has been subjected a little while after serving a year in prison.
"The force that makes me resist this test comes from you and from the conviction that I am innocent,” affirmed the former unionist, attributing as the only motive of his condemnation is that by being free and a candidate, he would be elected president by the great majority of the population because his candidacy “was the response of the people to the abandonment of social programs, unemployment, hunger and all the evil implanted by the stroke of political judgment."
He went on to condemn a dirty plan by the Globo network and other mainstream media in Brazil in an effort to remove im from the race. "They poisoned the population with hours and hours of lying news."
"As if it was not enough to arrest me, for crimes that I never committed, they prohibited me from participating in the debates (...) they prohibited me from giving interviews, they even prohibited me from attending my older brother's wake," denounced Lula.
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However, he affirmed that the documents that validate his innocence are already coming to light and that "time is revealing the truth", calling on the people not to lose hope, and "to strengthen more and more our struggle for democracy and justice," which will only be achieved through “defending the rights of the people and national sovereignty. "
The 73-year-old politician also spoke of his seven-year-old grandson Arthur, whose recent death affected him deeply.
"I felt the full weight of the injustice that hit my family, little Arthur was discriminated against in school for being my grandson and suffered a lot with that, so I promised him that I will not rest until my innocence is recognized in a fair trial," said Lula.