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IN DEFENSE OF LULA AND DEMOCRACY IN BRAZIL

Brazilian Democratic State and rule of Law have been violated in a systemic and permanent way since the Coup d’état applied on President Dilma Rousseff in 2016, with an undeniable participation from the judiciary and media.

Since then, facts of major gravity threaten to establish an anti-democratic and repressive regime in Brazil, beginning with a radical politicization of Judiciary, keeping arrested or sued citizens without proved guilty or proofs for the accusation, basing judiciary decisions merely on plea bargains and magistrate “convictions”. These prisons also happened before the defense exhausted all the appealing instances and resources, on a clear violation of the Brazilian Constitution 5th Article, which guarantees the presumption of innocence until the final and conclusive condemn.

The latest victim of these arbitrary acts is former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, convicted and arrested by the alleged possession of an apartment that never belonged to him, and had been even the object of a pledge to pay other people’s debts ordered by the Judiciary. As Lula is innocent, his prison is primarily political and part of the Coup, aiming to impede him from running the next elections to the presidency of Republic.

Besides all of this, the illegitimate government that usurped power in Brazil is adopting a series of measures to reduce popular projection over the State, by expanding a program of privatizations, which includes the Pre-Salt oil reservoirs; selling national goods to international capital, including lands; threatening to take away the State control over the Central Bank; interfering over the autonomy of universities and extinguishing fundamental rights; as well as violating Workers Union’s freedom.

The installed arbitrariness is followed by a series by violation of essential constitutional guarantees as basic civil, political and social rights in Brazil, as well as the resurgence of human rights violations by increasing extermination of African descendant population in the periphery of our cities, the illegitimate government initiatives to dismiss fight against slavery at our country, the constant criminalisation of social movements, and the increasing of murders of rural workers, native and quilombolas in rural areas, producing, at 2017 alone, at least 70 victims.

Political violence and impunity also grew, as demonstrated by Rio de Janeiro city-counsellor, Marielle Franco, and her driver, Anderson Gomes, vicious executions, crimes without solution until now, beside the shooting both on Lula’s caravans trough South states and the recently to the camping on solidarity to Lula at Curitiba, leaving two people wounded.

Given this situation, a group of national entities and personalities created the “International Committee of Solidarity in Defence of Lula and Democracy in Brazil”; because we understand that struggle to overcome this situation requires support from personalities representing the political and social environment from other countries.

The Committees has a broad and plural participation to reinforce initiatives existing in Brazil and abroad defending democracy restoration for our country, the right of Lula to a fair and just trial, the existence of free and democratic elections and the unquestionable right for the Brazilian people to elect the leadership they understand are from their greatest interest. The tools we have available for this at the time, in addition to the formation of the Committee itself and the launching of this site, is the increase in the signatures of the Manifesto: Election without Lula is Fraud (www.change.org/lula) and the proposal of the Nobel Peace Prize for Lula (https://www.change.org/nobelparalula), in addition to replicating the creation of Solidarity Committees as those already existing in some countries.

 

For the next few days until August 15, the FREE LULA International Committee proposes the following actions:

  1. On 13 August, organize demonstrations in front of the Brazilian embassies and consulates to denounce Lula’s political prisonment. Please send the infos of the acts previously for diffusion and their memory, with photos of the activities (along with information such as location, time, and organizations involved in the action and some relevant information) to the email: freelulabrasil@gmail.com
  2. Also on 13 August, send a letter addressed to Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF – the Brazilian Supreme Court), demanding the annulment of the arbitrary sentence that holds Lula imprisoned for political reasons, requesting his immediate release and defending his right to be a candidate for the presidency of Brazil. In addition, protocol this letter at the Brazilian embassies and consulates and send it to audienciarw@stf.jus.br, with a copy to freelulabrasil@gmail.com.  You can find a letter template here.
  3. Participate in tweeting on August 15, the day of President Lula’s nomination as presidential candidate. We will concentrate our actions between 12h-15h (Brasília time), using the following hashtags: a.#FreeLula b.#LulaLivre c.#LulaLibre These hashtags will also be used in mobilizations in Brazil and may be used to track their contents.
  4. Press articulation: send requests to local media vehicles (and the suggested mailing attached hereto) asking for the Lula case and its political prison, the candidate’s registration on the 15th, and the judicial persecution he has been suffering case be debated and noticiated. With the monopoly of the Brazilian press, international press coverage has done the important job of sticking the Brazilian bubble and spreading the truth. Also brieff the Lula case in the allied vehicles and press.
  5. Articulate with parliamentarians from the most diverse spheres the approval of motions in support of Lula’s right to be a candidate and to demand his freedom in national parliaments, assemblies and thematic commissions. Also, articulate the other actions contained in this manual.
  6. Send photos with posters in defense of Lula and democracy in Brazil and disseminate widely through the socialmedia. Use the hashtags (#FreeLula | #LulaLivre | #LulaLibre) and enter your information (organization name, country, etc). We also ask you to send the materials for difusion and memory to: freelulabrasil@gmail.com. Here are also some suggestions for phrases, but others may be used: “IN DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACY AND LULA”, “LULA LIVRE, LULA CANDIDATE” and “JUSTICE FOR LULA”. Send your photos by e-mail too, for dissemination and memory: freelulabrasil@gmail.com The international manifestations will be disseminated in the networks of the Free Lula International Committee: Twitter: @FreeLulaBrasil e @lulaoficial Instagram: @free.lula e @lulaoficial Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FreeLulaBrasil/ e https://www.facebook.com/Lula/

A letter to STF

To:

Hon. Ms. Minister Carmen Lucia

President of the Supreme Federal Court

Hon. Ms. Minister Laurita Vaz

President of the Supreme Court of Justice

We are addressing you, through this, to your Honorable to ask for all the legal and constitutional commitment for the immediate release of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the immediate annulment of the arbitrary sentence that was imposed on him.

The flagrant unconstitutionality of the prison and the inconsistency of the sentence, both from the legal point of view and from the point of view of the non-existent proofs of its culpability, are in sight, even for any blind person. A tabula rasa of due process of law and the principle of fair trial was made.

The hasty imprisonment of former President Lula fatally injures the Brazilian Constitution that provides that anyone should be considered innocent until the sentence is passed and the sentence has been judged. By the established in the subsection LVII of art. 5 of the Major Law is intuitive and only the bad intention of a partial interpreter could foresee the possibility of anticipation of punishment, attacking the principle of the presumption of innocence, so important for the democratic struggles for the country and civilization.

As long as the current affairs continues like this, the Brazilian Justice will be irremediably exposed as a political jurisdiction, lacking in seriousness and will enter history as the protagonist of one of the most shameful episodes of our public life.

The candidacy of former President Lula is firm and will not follow the logic of those who mistreat the Constitution. It is up to the STF and the STJ, as guardians of the legal order, to guarantee equal conditions so that they can dispute the mandate in a clean and democratic way.

The freedom and absolution in due time of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is what the people expects from the leadership of the national judicial power in this difficult moment of our political life. And the commitment to realize that historical imperative is the duty of Your Honors, that society will know how to charge.

For all exposed, we wait the decisive and forceful action of both authorities.

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