Cuba Solidarity with Brazil and Lula

“The only “crime” committed by former president Lula was to have lifted millions of Brazilians out of poverty.”

Cuba reaffirmed its solidarity with the people and social movements of Brazil, given the political crisis the South American nation is currently facing, which aims to destabilize the government of current President Dilma Rousseff.

This Thursday, March 31, an event in support of Brazil was held at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP). “This act stems from the need to express our unconditional support to the government of Rousseff, facing a process of impeachment set in motion by the opposition, the oligarchy and big media conglomerates,” the Hero of the Republic of Cuba, Fernando González Llort, stated.

The vice president of ICAP added that the onslaught also seeks to discredit the popular former leader of the Brazilian Workers’ Party, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

New techniques are being used which attempt to cut short the social progress initiated in the country during the administrations of Lula and Rousseff, 52 years after the coup that overthrew President João Goulart, González noted.

In this regard, the executive secretary of the Continental Organization of Latin American and Caribbean Students (OCLAE), representing the National Union of Students of Brazil, Rafael Bogoni, explained that this is not the first time that democracy has been threatened in his country.

The student leader made reference to the social achievements made in Brazil in recent years and expressed the intention of the Brazilian people to continue to take to the streets to demand an end to these attacks.
Bogoni also expressed thanks for the messages of solidarity received from various parts of the world.

Meanwhile, the President of the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity for the Peoples, Graciela Ramírez, stressed that the current destabilization attempts in Brazil seek to apply the same script that was used in the Southern Cone countries in the days of the infamous Operation Condor.

The goal is to delegitimize our governments and therefore we have to defend each of our conquests by mobilizing in the streets, Ramírez stated.

At another point she noted that the only “crime” committed by former president Lula was to have lifted millions of Brazilians out of poverty.