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The final declaration of the Forum of São Paulo asks for freedom for Lula

Jul 30, 2019 12:38 PM

Photo: Prensa Latina

Bulletin 525 – People's Committee in Defense of Lula and Democracy

Straight from Curitiba – 7/29/2019 – 479 days of resistance – 8:05 PM

1. Two years ago, ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's defense team complained to the Attorney General's Office that Antonio Palocci was being coerced, in jail, to make a testimony to incriminate Lula. Leaked Telegram messages made by Sérgio Moro which were revealed this  Monday July 29th, prove that the former judge thought Palocci's allegations were  weak and "difficult to prove." Even so, he announced these allegations to the press on the eve of the 2018 presidential election, while he was negotiating for a job in the Bolsonaro government. See more here:

2. The campaign organized by the Lula Livre Movement to reverse the punitive actions against ex-President Lula has gained more and more supporters from important leaders around the world. Former Uruguayan President Pepe Mujica, German Social Democratic Party Leader Martin Schulz and the linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky are some of the big names who have joined the campaign. The movement is gaining force in the sense that it is becoming more and more clear that Lula was convicted in an unjust and illegal manner. Read more here:

3. In addition to important figures in world politics, the artistic class is also showing more and more support for the immediate release of ex-President Lula. “Fighting for freedom for President Lula is an act of resistance,” says Osmar Prado, one of the most acclaimed and award winning actors in Brazil, in a video that was released on Lula's social media channels. Watch it here:

4. The final declaration of the Forum of São Paulo, approved during the closing of the 25th meeting in Caracas, Venezuela on this Sunday, July 28th, includes a demand for freedom for ex-President Lula. The Declaration calls for strengthening the solidarity movement to demand the immediate release of Lula, “the victim of an abusive, illegal and unworthy exercise of the judiciary.” Read more here:

5.  The Parisian Solidarity Committee for Lula supported a demonstration against the persecution of Colombian social movement leaders that was held on July 26. In addition to protesting at the Human Rights Esplanade in Trocadéro, protesters denounced Lula's unfair arrest and  risk of authoritarianism taking hold in Brazil. They pointed out that the Brazilian situation, with the persecution, arrest and murder of social movement leaders is similar to what is happening in Colombia and requires the people from both nations to converge with actions of unity, solidarity and struggle. Read more here: