[WSMDiscuss] Brazil in =?ISO-8859-1?B?bW92ZW1lbnSK?=, Freedoms in movementŠ : Fwd: Lula and the struggle against injustice (Emir Sader)

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Saturday, April 14, 2018
Brazil in movementŠ, Freedoms in movementŠ
Lula and the struggle against injustice
Emir Sader
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Lula and the struggle against injustice
Emir Sader
ALAI AMLAT-en, 13/04/2018.- The life of Lula has been a life of struggles
against injustice. Now he is the victim of the greatest injustice committed
against a political leader in Brazil.

Since he was born, Lula struggled against injustice, being victimized as a
Northeasterner and as a Northeastern child[1] <#_ftn1> . He struggled
against this injustice and against the injustices that his mother, a
Northeastern woman, had suffered.

Afterwards, Lula continued to be a victim of injustice, as a shoe-shiner,
messenger boy, among other jobs, as a Northeastern child object of
discrimination against in São Paulo.

He took a course and became a machine operator, moving on to become the
victim of the injustice of the exploitation of workers, a situation that
meant he lost a finger in the machine.

Passing events led him to become a trade union leader, only to cease to
struggle against the injustice of which he was the victim, in order to
struggle against the injustices that afflict all workers.

When he founded the Workers¹ Party (PT) and launched his candidacy for the
presidency of Brazil, Lula committed to struggle against all of the
injustices that victimize all Brazilians. When he became President of
Brazil, he went on to combat these injustices and launched ideas for
fighting against injustice in the whole world.

Now Lula has become the victim of the greatest injustice against a political
leader in Brazil. Victim of a spurious trial, without a crime and without
evidence, based on the conviction of a partial judge, supported by a
ridiculous power point, condemned by judges who have acted collectively to
forge a persecution, of a clearly political character, against Lula.

People focused on the details, thinking of insignificant names such as [high
court judges] Carmen Lucia, Rosa Weber, Barroso, looking at the trees rather
than the forest, leaving aside the gigantic dimensions of the injustice
committed against Lula, the result of the most odious political persecution.

All this in contrast with Lula¹s moral and political greatness, in addition
to his support from the masses, of the proof that his love is corresponded
by the Brazilian people. The way that he faces the injustice of which he is
the victim, the lies told about him, the campaigns of defamation, reveal in
entirety Lula¹s character. At no time, even in the days between the negative
decision against his habeas corpus in the STF (Supreme Court), to the day on
which he decided to hand himself in, have his high spirits changed. It was
always he who kept people¹s spirits up, radiating confidence that this
obstacle could be overcome, so that discouragement and the despair would not
dishearten them.

Lula did not want to hand himself in. The extraordinary popular mobilization
in the metallurgists¹ union in the region of ABC has strengthened this
position. The decisive factor that changed his plans was the possibility
that judge Sergio Moro would decree preventative imprisonment for Lula, from
the day and hour defined for his presentation. In that case, Lula would have
lost the possibilities of requesting habeas corpus, the STF itself would
lose any possibility of intervention, leaving Lula without defense against

>From this situation, negotiations developed for the presentation of Lula to
the justice system. He had already refused to do so on the day, hour and
place defined by Moro, appealing to the great mobilization around the union
building. At the same time, the impact of the arbitrary decision of the STF
(denying the habeas corpus) has strengthened the version that Lula is
effectively the victim of political persecution, that the accusations
against him were without basis, that he would become a political prisoner.
In addition to which, with the hasty decision of Moro, it was fully
established that the risks of prison alleged in the petition of the habeas
corpus were fully justified, increasing the possibilities that Lula will now
be able to get a habeas corpus. In addition, there is greater possibility of
a decision favourable to the re-establishment of the constitutional right
for the presumption of innocence, the discussion of which is on the agenda
of the STF for the coming week.

Thus, there is a positive expectation that Lula could recover his freedom in
a relatively short time. In this case, his image, that today catalyzes the
erosion of a rotten system, without legitimacy, would be further
strengthened. Moreover, during the time he is in prison, there will be many
mobilizations of support, visits from great Brazilian personalities and from
other countries, making the detention of Lula a much greater problem for
those who detain him than for Lula himself.

No political leader who has occupied the most important national and
international spaces, such as Lula, could fly to his trade union of origin
and be received in such an extraordinary way, revealing that Lula was
faithful to his origins. Never before as in these times, had the image of
Lula been projected in such an extraordinary way across the whole country.
Never has the radiance of a political leader been so bright, as the light
that Lula projects in these days. In his farewell discourse, before
presenting himself to justice, he took up the political history of his life,
recalling that it was in this union that he began in politics and
established himself as a leader. And he finished by recalling that ³ideas
cannot be imprisoned².

The destiny of Brazil continues to be dependent on Lula, who accepts the
most difficult challenge of his life, on which the future of Brazil will
depend and, in part, that of Latin America itself. Now the challenge is to
overcome the monstrous injustice that is being done against him, to return
to combat the injustices that are made against all Brazilians.

(Translated for ALAI by Jordan Bishop)

-Emir Sader, Brazilian sociologist and political scientist, is the
Coordinator of the Laboratory of Public Policy of the State University of
Rio de Janeiro (UERJ.

[1] <#_ftnref1>  TN: The North East is the poorest area of Brazil.

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