ITUC lauds release of former Brazilian president from prison

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), has welcomed the release from prison, a labour activists and former President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, popularly called ‘Lula’.
   
Following da Silva’s release from prison, ITUC called for the judicial persecution of him and other progressive politicians to end.
    
The former president was released after 580 days in prison when the country’s Supreme Court decided to respect the Constitution by cancelling imprisonment before all appeals are exhausted.
   
The ITUC General Secretary, Sharan Burrow, said: “It is a great relief that Lula is able to re-join his family, friends and supporters, and the international trade union movement will continue to stand with him in getting the sham convictions against him thrown out. His imprisonment paved the way for the election of extreme-right President Jair Bolsonaro, whose rule is having catastrophic impacts on Brazil’s people and its patrimony.”
 

  
Following his release, da Silva attacked Bolsonaro’s policies, saying: “people are hungrier, have no jobs and work for Uber or delivering pizzas on a bike,” while pointing to the “rotten side of the judicial system.”
   
His persecution has been led by former judge Sergio Moro, who has been appointed Justice Minister in Bolsonaro’s government.
   
ITUC submitted that attention is now focused on Moro’s secret collusion with prosecutors in the quest to stop da Silva, Brazil’s most popular politician, from standing for election in 2018.
    
On October 21, a Supreme Court Justice refused an attempt by prosecutors to imprison Dilma Rousseff, who succeeded him as President and leader of the Worker’s Party.

“Powerful oligarchs have turned Brazil’s legal system into a tool of right-wing politics, turning back the clock on the huge gains made by Lula’s government and impoverishing millions. The rule of law has been twisted to breaking point, and must be restored,” said Burrow.

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