Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced his candidacy in the October presidential election this Saturday with a message of “hope” and readiness to make “the greatest peaceful revolution” in Brazilian history.
“We want to go back so that no one will ever dare to challenge democracy again and that fascism is put back down the drain,” Lula said at an event at a convention center in São Paulo, where he was surrounded by hundreds of militants, parliamentarians, artists and trade union representatives and public organizations.
In a suit and with the Brazilian flag in the background
Dressed in a suit but without a tie, the former head of state (2003-2010), the front-runner in the October 2 elections, read out a solemn speech, against the backdrop of the huge Brazilian flag, whose green and yellow colors have appropriated Bolsonaro’s militancy in recent years.
Lula wanted to leave a message of “peace” and “love” in the face of the “totalitarian threat, hatred, violence, discrimination, isolation that burdens” the country.
Throughout his speech, he did not directly mention incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro, his greatest political adversary, who comes in second in the polls with 30% of voting intentions compared to about 45% given to Lula.
Although the ultra-right leader was implicitly present in his every word.
“Everything that we have done and conquered the Brazilian people is being destroyed by the current government (…) It is imperative to restore the sovereignty of Brazil,” he sentenced.
Lula denounced that “Brazil is back on the UN Hunger Map” and defended the Amazon’s defense against Bolsonaro’s policy of “devastation” of the environment, which has resulted in a record rate of deforestation in the Amazon.
“We need to change Brazil again,” said Lula, who reviewed social initiatives during his two terms in office that lifted 30 million Brazilians out of poverty.
For most of his speech, the progressive leader set aside his characteristic emotions and nervousness to avoid arguments and reservations, like when he implied a week ago that the police are not human over statements he apologized for.
The same statesman Lula, 76, who was accepted as a rock star, to the cries of “president, president” and in the company of his partner, sociologist Rosangela da Silva, 55, and whom he will marry next time. On the 18th he disappeared in the last five minutes of his speech when he put down his papers.
“We are about to make the greatest peaceful revolution the history of Brazil has ever seen,” he said.
This will be the sixth time that the name of the former union leader will contest the presidential elections in Brazil. He tried in 1989, 1994 and 1998, and won in 2002 and 2006.
In 2018, when Bolsonaro won, he also ran for president, but electoral justice prevented him from doing so because he was convicted of corruption.
However, Lula regained his political rights in March 2021, when the Supreme Court overturned two of his convictions that had served him 580 days in prison.
In this Saturday event, former São Paulo Gov. Geraldo Alkmin, a seasoned liberal politician, an ardent Catholic who will be Lula’s formula vice presidential candidate, took part telematically after testing positive for covid-19.
“When Lula extended his hand to me, I saw in this gesture much more than a sign of reconciliation between two historical adversaries, I saw a call to reason,” Alkmin said in the video.
The election of Alcmine, who was Lula’s opponent in the 2006 elections, is a turn to Lula’s center and a gesture to show an image of economic moderation, especially with regard to financial markets.
Hundreds of fans from different regions of Brazil attended the event, which was held at the convention center in the northern part of the city of Sao Paulo. There was no shortage of PT flags and battle chants such as “Urgent Brazil President Lula”.
Red prevailed, despite the former president’s attempt to return to the green and yellow colors of the Brazilian flag.
“Lula represents everything to me,” Pedro Luis da Silva, a member of the National Movement of the Homeless who has spent 20 of his 61 years on the streets of Sao Paulo, told EFE.
This Afro-Brazilian with dreadlocks and deep eyes attributes the way out of this situation to the social policy of Lula’s government.
“I was able to get out thanks to Law 12305/2010,” he accurately expresses, alluding to the text that helped the street waste recyclers.
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