Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva published a letter Wednesday just before the second round of Brazilian elections on Oct. 28. He called on Brazilians to create a front to support Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad to stop “the fascist threat hanging over Brazil,” referring to the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro.
“It is time to unite the people, the democrats, all around the candidacy of Fernando Haddad, to resume the project of developing social inclusion and defending Brazil's choices through democracy,” Lula wrote.
“I am certain that we have done what's best for Brazil and for our people, but I know that this has thwarted powerful interests inside and outside the country. So they try to destroy our image, to rewrite history, to erase the memory of the people. But they will not.”
Speaking about corruption charges against himself, Lula wrote, “Everyone knows that I was unjustly convicted, in an arbitrary and baseless process, because I would have been elected president of Brazil in the first round. But we endured, throwing our support behind our comrade Fernando Haddad, who made it to the second round by the vote of the people.”
He asks, “Why so much hatred against the PT?”
The former president then argues that maybe the far-right hates PT due to its achievements in creating jobs, taking people out of hunger, improving educational institutions, creating a “silent revolution in the Northeast,” and making the country socially inclusive, etc.
Lula is also proud of PT’s legacy, especially their commitment to democracy. “Our party was born in resistance to the dictatorship and in the fight for the redemocratization of the country, that cost us so much sacrifice, so much blood, and so many lives cost,” argues the former president.
He calls for debate and discourse to solve disagreements, but letting Brazil go into the hands of such a fascist would be similar to abandoning the social pact of the 1988 Constitution.
He concluded his letter asking people to vote for Haddad who would be the harbinger of democracy in the Latin American country.
"This moment, above all, is the future of the country, of our democracy, and of our people. It is time to vote for Fernando Haddad, who represents the survival of the democratic pact, without fear and without hesitation."