Thursday, February 2

Lula, moved: “Rarely in the history of Brazil has democracy been so threatened”

In the ceremony in which he received his diploma as president-elect of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva once again placed the antinomy democracy or barbarism on the national stage. During his speech, with very emotional moments, he stressed that the event was a true “celebration of democracy.” And, through tears, he warned: “Rarely in the history of our country was democracy so threatened; Never in our history has the will of the people been so put to the test and required to overcome innumerable obstacles to finally be heard”.

In the presence of the eleven members of the Supreme Court, the presidents of both Chambers of Congress and more than a hundred deputies and senators, the future president pointed out that “democracy is not born by spontaneous generation. It needs to be sown and cultivated with great care day by day, so that the harvest is generous for everyone”. “Every day it needs to be defended from those who at any cost want to subject it to their particular interests and ambitions for power,” he said.

Lula was accompanied by his vice president, Geraldo Alckmin, who also received his title of consecration in office, and more than fifty personalities, among whom were the future ministers already appointed and those who will soon be appointed to the most important positions. . The atmosphere in the room of the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) was festive, and the guests, close to 500, sang the now classic slogan “Lula lá” (in the Planalto Palace) and formed the letter L, with their thumb and forehand. index. One of the most applauded authorities was magistrate Alexandre de Moraes, head of the TSE, who faced a merciless fight against the “unfounded” questions of the electoral results.

The Brazilian president stressed that “fortunately there was no shortage of those who defended our democracy at this very serious moment. I want to highlight the courage of the Supreme Court and the Electoral Tribunal, which faced all sorts of offenses, threats and attacks, to assert the sovereignty of the popular vote”. Furthermore, he described the elections “not as an election between candidates from political parties with different programs”, but as “a dispute between two visions of the world: on the one hand, the country’s reconstruction project, with broad popular participation. On the other, a project to destroy our country anchored in the power of an industry of lies and slander never seen before.

For this reason, Lula did not hesitate to greet the members of the Electoral Court with emotion, “for their firmness in defense of the legitimacy of the electoral process, in these very difficult times” and stressed that his election was also the result of the armed front by a dozen party organizations, belonging to such a wide arc that circulates from the left to the center right.

This was a dispute between two visions of the world: on the one hand, the country’s reconstruction project, with broad popular participation. On the other, a project to destroy our country anchored in the power of an industry of lies

Lula
President-elect of Brazil

The Brazilian leader gave a special touch to the political process experienced by the country these years. “There was a dismantling of public policies and development instruments, which the government (of Jair Bolsonaro) carried out systematically.” In this sense, he warned that threats to democracy are not an exclusive phenomenon in Brazil. “On the contrary, it faces an immense challenge around the planet, perhaps greater than in the period of World War II, both in the United States and in Europe and Latin America, where the enemies of democracy abuse manipulations and lies, in digital platforms that act in an absolutely irresponsible way,” he said.

For Lula, the “attacks against democracy have no country or border. The fight, therefore, needs to be armed from a trench of global governance, through tougher international legislation”.

Lula insisted on that point again: “It was not just a man who put democracy in our country in check. Today we face an immense challenge around the world.” In a moment of greater emotion and with a broken voice, the trade unionist and two-time president of Brazil recalled: “When I received the diploma for the first time in 2002, I thought about the audacity of the Brazilian people when they awarded someone the presidential diploma so many times times questioned for not having a college degree.”



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