Brazil: Lula Launches Campaign to Unseat Bolsonaro

Source: Common Dreams

“Speaking to a crowd of supporters and allies gathered in Sao Paulo on Saturday, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva officially launched his campaign to unseat far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, whose three-year tenure has accelerated the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and intensified the nation’s myriad human rights crises. ‘Everything that we did is being destroyed by this government,’ said Lula, a globally renowned leftist who served as Brazil’s president from 2003 to 2010 and departed office with a striking 83% approval rating. Extreme poverty fell sharply during Lula’s presidency, owing in large part to his implementation and expansion of safety-net programs that included cash transfers and unemployment insurance.” (05/07/22)