former President Lula told Mexican TV this Wednesday (28.July.2021) that, while he ruled the country (2003–2011), everyone’s income increased – from bankers to workers. “Never in the history of Brazil did entrepreneurs make so much money, landlords made so much money, bankers made money. But workers also made money. Brazil’s economy grew, we created jobs, Brazil became an international hero., He said.
The statements sparked criticism that PT turned a blind eye to the benefit of the richest during his period in charge of the country. Earlier on Wednesday (July 28) former minister Ciro Gomes (PDT) said Lula’s possible third term would be for the upper social classes.
PT is a potential candidate for the presidency in 2022, and he also took advantage of the interview portion canal once, for criticizing President Jair Bolsonaro – his main political rival – who, according to him, was “irresponsible” in the fight against the pandemic and delayed the purchase of vaccines in Brazil.
“We have a genocide in the government. A citizen who doesn’t like activists, who doesn’t like blacks, who doesn’t like women, who doesn’t like Indians, who doesn’t like poor, who doesn’t believe in vaccines, who doesn’t does. Don’t believe in coronavirus. In other words, she is a citizen who likes all human beings.”.
Lula also congratulated the President of Mexico, Andres Manuel López Obrador – from left – praising his work in the position.
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protests in Cuba
former president, who claimed to be “widely in favor of alternative power”, criticized United States President Joe Biden for not repealing the criteria published by Donald Trump against Cuba.
“The Cuban people have the right to go on the street, they have the right to demand freedom, the Cuban people have the right to ask for more food on the street, and they have the right to demand more energy. […] I can’t understand why President Biden didn’t go on television yesterday after the United Nations’ decision to lift sanctions on Cuba and calmly announced that he would rescind all of President Trump’s actions against Cuba? Why didn’t he go?”.
According to Lula, without directly mentioning the Latin American country, “If not democratic then there is no way for you to have a fair form of governance”.
“I, like you, have a deep respect for Cuba. I love the Cuban people. I am an ardent admirer of the Cuban Revolution. I think it was an extraordinary milestone for our continent. And, Unfortunately, when we criticize the Cuban regime, we have to remember one thing: the United States tried to talk Cuba into trying to align itself with the Soviet Union right after the revolution. There wasn’t even humility. The important thing is that we have to understand 60 years of interception. It’s a lot of accumulated hatred between Cubans in Miami and Cubans in Cuba.”, Said.
Brazil and the United States
Lula also defended the creation of an economic bloc with Latin American countries. “to face” to other groups. According to PT, the entire continent”It is very much subject to the economic power of the Americans.”.
“It is necessary for us to have one block to face the other blocks. […] We have to face America and Canada. We have to face China, we have to face the Asian world, Russia. We have to be aware that we are weak to act separately and talk separately.”, He said.
According to the former president, the aim is not to create enmity with the United States, but “Option” for the economic strength of the countries of the region.
“We need to see the world not only for the United States, not only for Europe. We have to see the world for ourselves”, Complete.