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Lawfare against leftist Latin American politicians is eroding democracy as well as collective and individual rights, the former presidential candidate said.
Brazil's former presidential candidate Fernando Haddad, a member of the Workers Party (PT), denounced Tuesday the judicial persecution against Latin American leftist leaders, which activists have been called "lawfare" that is carried out through controversial legal processes.
"This new way of doing politics erodes democracy," Haddad said and added that "Brazil goes through a great setback in all aspects, especially from the viewpoint of freedoms and civil, political and social rights."
Lula was imprisoned just months before the presidntial elections in which he was the favorite candidate ahead of far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro who ended up being elected as Brazil's president due to Lula's inability to run.
On a related issue, the Workers Party leader pointed out that the latest expression of this attack against left-wing politicians can be seen in the U.S. backed attempt to destabilize Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.
"Trump and Bolsonaro want a military intervention in Venezuela... the U.S. is provoking a conflict to take control of that country's oil resources. There is no doubt about that," Haddad said and stressed that "we are very cautious regarding world powers' participation in local conflict resolution."