This is How the Hemisphere Reacted to Lula Da Silva’s Release in Brazil

Governments of the world celebrated Friday the release of Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who remained in detention at the headquarters of the Federal Police of Curitiba for 19 months, after an irregular judicial process. The ex-president was greeted by a crowd outside the jail.

The release of Lula da Silva occurs after the annulment of the second prison term issued by the Federal Supreme Court (STF), this Thursday. Now, the Brazilian president can wait for the resolution of his case while all judicial remedies are exhausted.

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Lula was serving a sentence of 8 years and 10 months in prison, for alleged passive corruption and money laundering, after being found guilty of receiving an apartment in the São Paulo spa of Guarujá in exchange for political favors to the OAS construction company. Lula’s lawyers denounced multiple irregularities during the judicial process, as well as the lack of evidence against him.

The Vice President-elect of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, applauded the end of the imprisonment of Lula da Silva for being “one of the largest aberrations of Lawfare in Latin America.”

Likewise, the elected president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, expressed his admiration for Lula’s strength during the judicial persecution against him by the Brazilian right.


The Uruguayan deputy for the Frente Amplio, Gerardo Núñez, celebrated the victory for Lula and the Brazilian people, but recalled that it is not final and we must continue fighting to achieve justice.

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Also the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, celebrated the liberation of Lula as a triumph of the peoples of Latin America in resistance.


For his part, the US Democratic Senator, Bernie Sanders, said he was pleased with the release of Lula da Sila, whose imprisonment “never had to have happened.” He added that the Brazilian leader did more than any other politician for the rights of workers and to reduce poverty in his country.

Mexico The Vice Minister for Latin America from Mexico, Maximiliano Reyes, applauded the decision of the Supreme Court of Brazil that allowed the release of Lula on November 8.


Colombian activist and politician Piedad Córdoba expressed her support for former president Lula through her Twitter account.

Source URL: La IguanaTV

Translated by JRE/EF

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