Instituto Lula


Portuguese sociologist Boaventura sent a letter to Lula

Apr 11, 2019 11:18 AM

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Bulletin 415 – People's Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy

Straight from Curitiba – 4/10/2019 – 369 days of resistance – 7:40 PM

1. The historic day of April 7th, the apex of which was a demonstration with over 10,000 people in Curitiba, marked the start of the Lula Livre Journey – a series of public protests in several cities in Brazil and the World (such as the one which took place in Venezuela on Tuesday, April 9th) against the political imprisonment of ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. From Sunday, the day in which the arbitrary imprisonment completed one year, until this Wednesday, April 10th, people took to the streets for four days in defense of freedom for the greatest popular leader that Brazil ever had and against the successive rights violations which led to his imprisonment and barred him from disputing an election in which he was a clear favorite. Read more here: 

2. A group of parliamentarians, union leaders, journalists and activists published a letter in The Guardian on this Wednesday, April 10th, in which they demand the immediate freedom of former President Lula. In the text, the authors say that Lula was leading the 2018 election race and was imprisoned to keep him from running. Read more here: 

3. Portuguese sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos, director of the Social Studies Center at Coimbra University, wrote a letter to ex-President Lula on this Tuesday, April 9th. Boaventura said that since April 7th, 2018, no proof of any crime committed by Lula has been presented and that there is an “immense and growing national and international solidarity” which has made the former President the “most famous political prisoner in the world”. Read more here: 

4. On this Wednesday, April 10th in Curitiba,  a People's Plenary was held to organize a Lula Livre campaign in Paraná. In a sports court fill of activists from different social movements and sympathizers to the cause of freedom for Lula, organizational strategies and reflections on cultural and inter-religious services across the state, building on examples that are taking place in the Lula Livre Vigil. Read more here: