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During the 8th World Conference on Education, educators defend freedom for Lula

Jul 24, 2019 3:15 PM

Bulletin 519 – People’s Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy

Curitiba – 7/23/2019 – 473 days of resistance – 7:25 pm

1. In an article in Argentine newspaper Página 12, political scientist Emir Sader recounts his visit to former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, together with former Argentine President Eduardo Duhalde on July 18. “What Duhalde and I wanted to do was to take Lula by the hand and take him out of there with us. We said to him: Come on, Lula, your place isn’t here, surrounded by these jackals. Your place is outside, where your people are waiting for you. These are the people who would have elected you president in the first round. The very people who will reelect you president of Brazil,” reads a section of the text. Read more:

2. A demonstration in defense of freedom for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was held in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sunday (July 21). Applause could be heard from among the more than 1400 educators from 151 countries attending the 8th World Conference on Education. At the event, representatives of the National Confederation of Education Workers (CNTE) and the Federation of Teachers’ Unions of Federal Institutions of Higher, Basic Technical and Technological Education (Proifes) held up banners bearing the phrase “Lula Livre.” The activists demanded the immediate release of the former president. Read more here:

3. The traditional Garanhuns Winter Festival, held, of course, in the city of Garanhuns, in the interior of Pernambuco state – known the world over as Lula’s birthplace – invariably has a political nature, and is more than ever so now, with its most famous son in prison for a crime he did not commit. Artists make use of the stage to express criticisms and make their feelings known. One such was Rio de Janeiro singer Letrux, whose performance included a banner with the phrase “Lula Livre” appearing on her face and body. The festival runs until July 27. Learn more here:

4. The Free Lula Vigil experienced moments of high emotion on Sunday night (July 21), during the interfaith service that takes place once a week in Curitiba. The celebration marked the “sending” of the nuns Zenilda Luzia Petry and Zenaide Laurentina Mayer on a mission to East Timor. The pair are part of the Congregation of Franciscan nuns from São José. “My hope is that Lula will be released soon and will play a key role in the reconstruction of Brazil. I would like to express my deep gratitude for just over a year of resistance here [...], for the friendships we have created and the whole solidarity that we share here,” said Zenilda Luzia Petry, who acted as one of the organizers of the Vigil’s interfaith services. Learn more here:

5. Brasil de Fato/Paraná hosted a conversation circle and interview at the Free Lula Vigil this Tuesday (July 23), with Naiara Bittencourt, a lawyer and expert in agroecology, agrobiodiversity and alternatives to agribusiness. View it here: