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Growing Solidarity with Lula Reaches the People’s Summit

LulaSocial and political organizations of the continent called today for new mobilizations to demand the release of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, who received numerous demonstrations of support at the People”s Summit.

The founder of the Workers Party (PT according to its Portuguese acronym) is being held since Saturday at the headquarters of the Federal Police of Curitiba by order of trial judge Sergio Moro, after a court sentenced him to 12 years and one month in prison for alleged corruption, without presenting evidence, or any witness capable of incriminating him.

‘Lula is a political prisoner, he is innocent and has a clear conscience,’ PT President Gleisi Hoffman said, and insisted that the former President continues to be the candidate of that organization for the October elections.

Members of communist parties from seven South American countries, participating in the People’s Summit in Peru, showed their solidarity with the former President and demanded his release.

‘He’s heard, he’s felt, Lula is present,’ the participants chanted in the forum, which is held in parallel to the Summit of the Americas.

In Uruguay, workers, students, retirees, cooperative members and members of social organizations called a rally in front of the Brazilian embassy in Montevideo in solidarity with the former President.

‘For a Brazil without political prisoners’ is one of the slogans of the mobilization, according to the call of the Central Unica dos Trabalhadores (CUT).

In Brazil, events are scheduled in 13 state capitals and six municipalities to demand the release of Lula.

In addition, the Brazilian International Front Against the Coup foresees mobilizations in at least eight European cities, which would be added to those already carried out in New York, Paris, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Santiago de Chile, Washington, Bogota, Oslo, London, Mexico City and Barcelona.

During a visit to Murcia (Spain), former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa condemned the imprisonment of the PT leader.

‘What they are doing to Lula da Silva, if it had happened in Venezuela, that country would already be invaded, but as they are doing it to Lula nothing happens,’ Correa denounced.

(Prensa Latina)

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