Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva said today, after leaving prison, that the economic situation has worsened since he was arrested a year and a half ago, and made an attack on the "lies" of the current head of state, Jair Bolsonaro.
“Yesterday I saw on IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) data on television: After I was arrested, after they stole (Fernando's election) Haddad, Brazil did not improve, Brazil only got worse,” said Lula da Silva , leaving prison in Curitiba.
“People are starving, people are unemployed, people no longer have a formal contract (employment contract). The people are working from Uber, the people are working by bicycle to deliver pizza and are actually working without the slightest respect, ”he added.
The former Brazilian president was released in the late afternoon and spoke on a makeshift stage near the Federal Police Superintendence in Curitiba, state of Paraná, in the south of the country.
In front of hundreds of supporters, the former Brazilian head of state criticized former judge and current justice minister Sergio Moro, prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol and police delegates who were part of the Lava Jato operation.
“I'm not hurt by the Federal Police, I'm not hurt by the jailers, I'm not hurt by anyone. I have a desire to prove that this country can be much better when it has a ruler who doesn't lie as much on Twitter as President Jair Bolsonaro lies, ”he said.
Lula da Silva was interrupted a few times by the crowd shouting “Lula I love you”, made up mostly of people dressed in the red color, used by the Workers Party (PT) flag and social movements linked to the Brazilian left.
The former president also said to leave prison without hatred and that in his heart there was only "room for love because love will win in this country."
Lula da Silva made a point of thanking and introducing his new girlfriend, sociologist Rosângela da Silva, kissing her before the crowd.
Lula da Silva also thanked members of the PT's Landless Workers Movement (MST) and members of leftist parties who set up and ran a camp alongside the Federal Police Superintendency throughout his time in detention.
Thrilled, the former Brazilian president thanked the people who were part of this vigil called Lula Livre camp countless times.
“I've been talking to the Brazilian people all my life and I didn't think that today I could be here talking to men and women who, for 580 days, shouted here good morning Lula, good afternoon Lula, it doesn't matter if it was raining, it doesn't matter that was 40 degrees, no matter it was zero degrees. Every single day you were the food of democracy I needed to resist, ”he declared.
“I don't know what to say to you. I can only say that I will be forever grateful and faithful to your fight (…) Thank you for the cry 'Free Squid' during the 580 days of you here, ”he concluded.
Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva was released today at about 17:40 locals (20:40 in Lisbon), after the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) decided to overturn arrests in the second instance, as was the case of the former chief of State, arrested since April 2018.
The decision to release Lula da Silva was taken today by Judge Danilo Pereira of the 12th Federal Criminal Court of Curitiba, who accepted the defense request of the former President of Brazil and authorized his departure from the headquarters of the Federal Police of Curitiba less than 24 hours after the Federal Supreme Court (STF) decides to nullify arrests in the second instance.
The former Brazilian president was arrested after being convicted by the Federal Regional Court of the 4th Region (TRF-4) of appeals in a case over possession of a luxury apartment, which prosecutors claim to have him. was given as a bribe in exchange for advantages in contracts with the state oil company Petrobras by the construction company OAS.
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