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BRAZILIAN ACTIVISTS AND US UNIONS PROTEST AGAINST MORO AWARD
American Unions will join the Defend Democracy in Brazil Committee in New York today to protest against the homage paid to Judge Sérgio Moro, who investigated, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva; the protest will be held at 5:00 pm (6:00 p.m.) in front of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, where the event of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce will take place, with tickets of up to US $ 26,000
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247 – American Unions will join the Defend Democracy in Brazil Committee in Manhattan today to protest against the commemoration of the judge who investigated, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced the popular President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, known as Lula.
Lula is appealing the conviction and sentence of 12 years in prison. Despite his arrest, he is seeking to run for president as the leader of the Workers’ Party, where he is the first. During President Lula’s two terms, Brazil’s economy has skyrocketed, taking away 40 million of poverty, concentrating on the needs of the poor and the workers.
“The situation in Brazil now reflects what can happen when you have people in positions of power with the intention of oppressing any movement to improve workers’ lives,” said USW International Vice President Fred Redmond.
The AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations), the Metalworkers’ Union (USW), the Union of Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Workers of the United States (UAW), the Union of Food and Beverage Workers (UFCW), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union (RWSDU) and the Committee Defend Democracy in Brazil will protest against the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, which appointed Judge Sérgio Moro as one of the two ” Year “(alongside former NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg) and celebrating it at an event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
As President, Lula strongly supported the rights of the workers, as well as his successor, Dilma Rousseff, also a member of the Workers’ Party. At the beginning of his career, Lula was president of the Metalworkers’ Union of Brazil in the ABC region and has the support of the equivalent of the AFL-CIO in Brazil, the Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT).
Dilma was contested with questionable charges in 2016, and Vice President Michel Temer, a member of the Brazilian elite and a deeply unpopular figure, took over in a legislative coup. After that, Judge Moro investigated, prosecuted, tried, convicted and sentenced Lula on merit charges involving unproven fees.
“I was looking for a change of regime in Brazil, not justice,” Redmond said. Moro’s long sentence imposed on Lula was a politically motivated attempt to disqualify him as presidential candidate in the fall elections. Temer, whose support is a single digit, revised labor laws to weaken unions and spent much of last year defending criminal charges of corruption and obstruction of justice.
Lula’s supporters want his conviction revoked and hundreds set up a permanent encampment outside the Federal Police prison in Curitiba, Paraná, since the popular ex-president was placed in solitary confinement on April 7.
The New York protest will be held on May 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in front of the American Museum of Natural History, at 77th Street with Central Park West in Manhattan, where the event of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce , with tickets that cost $ 26,000 per person.
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