The political polarization in Brazil has worsened with the release of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvawhose Release was both celebrated and repudiated in the country that ruled between 2003 and 2010. One day after his departure from Curitiba prison where he spent the last 580 daysLula took a mass bath in the city that saw him be born as a political leader, Sao Bernardo do Campo, where he delivered a speech against the Government of Jair Bolsonaro and in favor of the Latin American leftist movements.
On the flip side of the coin, thousands of people took to the streets in several cities of the country to show their repudiation for the liberation of the leader, who benefited from a change in the criteria of the Brazilian Supreme.
He Lula's resurgence as the main opposition leader, which until now was somewhat off, has caused the mobilization of conservative currents that boosted Bolsonaro to power in the 2018 elections and further tense the environment which began to warm up with the citizen protests of 2013.
The most numerous demonstration against the liberation of Lula occurred in the emblematic Paulista Avenue of Sao Paulo, the most populous city in the country, where thousands of people concentrated to express their discomfort with the decision that He was taken out of jail who they called "thief."
A man who identified himself as Ephraim, clothed with the green and yellow flag of Brazil, told Efe on Paulista Avenue that the Supreme's decision was a "shame" and called it a "blow."
Lula, who is still weighing an eight-year sentence for corruption which was already ratified in three instances – one would fail -, benefited from the new doctrine of the Supreme, according to A person can only go to prison once the appeals process is completely over.
Bolsonaro talks about Lula's "crimes"
Bolsonaro, leader of an ultra-right that grew in the country in the heat of the corruption scandals that occurred in the efforts of Lula and Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016), had maintained until now a Discreet silence about the freedom of the former union, but he broke it this Saturday.
"He is loose, but with all his crimes on his back," said Bolsonaro, who pointed out that "the majority of the Brazilian people are honest, hardworking" and "will not give space to contemplate with inmates."
In front of the headquarters of the metallurgical union of Sao Bernardo do Campo, Lula made his first major political speech that lasted for about 45 minutes and in which he reviewed internal and international affairs.
Dressed in a black suit and accompanied by his girlfriend and fiancee, the sociologist Rosangela da Silva, confirmed his return to the political arena, although today he could not stand for elections for the pending cases with Justice, and anticipated a tour that will do throughout Brazil.
His rants focused on Bolsonaro, whom he accused of supporting paramilitary militias in Rio de Janeiro; and in the president of the United States, Donald Trump.
However, he also had time to send a message of encouragement to Latin American countries: "I still continue with the dream of building our great Latin America," he said.
It was then that he reviewed the political situation of several countries in the region. “They saw in Argentina, that teammate Alberto (Fernandez) and teammate Cristina (Fernandez) beat (Mauricio) Macri and won the elections,” Lula recalled.
He also assured that "Chile is the model" that Bolsonaro "wants to build" and said "that's why Chileans are on the street" and protest daily for weeks, "In combat against neoliberalism."
Too He cited the protests that, in the opposite direction, occur in Bolivia, where thousands of people have taken the streets of La Paz and other cities to demand the resignation of the leftist president Evo Morales, for an alleged fraud in the recent elections.
Nor did he forget Venezuela – “we have to be supportive” – nor of his neighbors from Uruguay, who celebrates on November 24 a second round in which the official Daniel Martinez, candidate of the ruling Frente Amplio, and the opposition Luis will face Lacalle Pou.
"We have to ask God to win Martinez in Uruguay," he said.