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LULA TO THE FESTIVAL: NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS THAN A PEOPLE WHO SINGS AND IS HAPPY
“Nothing is more dangerous for our opponents than a people who sings and is happy, who makes art and culture instruments of resistance. Let us then fight, without fear of being happy, with the certainty that love always wins,” said Lula , by the voice of Thiago, one of his grandchildren. He, with a firm voice and clenched fist, closes the text with a phrase that led to many in tears – “a hug, with great longing and the immense desire to be there”
JUNE 3, 2019 AT 06:20
The Network Brazil Current – fell to former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva the final act of the Free Lula Festival, which met on Sunday more than 30 artists on stage mounted on Republic Square – today the “Square of Democracy,” according to defined the honoree.
After almost eight hours of music, Thiago Trindade Lula da Silva, grandson of Lula, read a message sent by his grandfather. “This act is really a cry of freedom that was stuck in our throats, more than a cry, a song of freedom … The songs of the students, who do not accept any retrogression in education. do not accept giving up any historical achievement, the singing of youth, which does not accept that their dreams are robbed, “says the letter.
It is difficult not to compare the São Paulo edition of the Rio version of the Lula Livre Festival, held last July in the center of Rio de Janeiro. The clearest difference was due to the weather. While the Rio festival was set in a clear blue postcard sky above the Arcos da Lapa, the downtown São Paulo show defied the greyish sky by the clouds that insisted on watering the square and the 80,000 people who passed through it, in the evaluation of the organizers.
Moreover, both events have been similar in genre, number, diversity of rhythms, public and in the sense that they are all on the same side, in a lively battle trench that brings together students, teachers, workers, artists, young people and old people. All for a democratic, citizen, more human, inclusive, gay Brazil.
“Nothing is more dangerous for our opponents than a people who sings and is happy, who makes art and culture instruments of resistance. Let us then fight, without fear of being happy, with the certainty that love always wins,” said Lula , by the voice of Thiago. The grandson, with a firm voice and clenched fist, closes the text with a phrase that led to many in tears – “a hug, with great longing and the immense desire to be there.” Read the full text:
I thank each and every one of you, artists and the public, who on this June 2 make the Praça da República a Square of Democracy. Although it has the name of “Lula Livre Festival”, I know that this is much more than an act of solidarity with a political prisoner. What you demand is much more than Lula’s freedom. It is the freedom of a people who no longer accept to be a prisoner of hatred, greed and obscurantism.
This act is actually a cry of freedom that was trapped in our throats. More than a cry, a corner of freedom. The singing of workers who no longer accept unemployment and the loss of their rights. The songs of the students, who do not accept any retrogression in education. The singing of women, who will not give up any historical achievement. The song of youth, which does not accept that dreams are robbed of it, and of the black youth in particular, that no longer accepts to be exterminated. The singing of those who dare to dream, and turn dreams into reality.
Many of you who are there, artists and the public, fortunately did not live the horrors of the civil and military dictatorship installed in 1964, which some want to deploy again in Brazil. It was a time when the fight against censorship could be translated into songs that read, “You cut a verse, I write another.”
It was with a lot of struggle that we managed to end the censorship in this country. And we will not accept this other form of censorship, which is the attempt to end the funding sources of art and culture. That we will not accept the attempt to censor critical thinking, strangling universities.
If they rip off our tracks, we write and put others in the place. And we will continue occupying the streets in defense of education, health, public and quality; opportunities for all; against all forms of inequality and regression.
Our opponents want more weapons and fewer books, less music, less dancing, less theater and less cinema. And we insist on reading, writing, singing and dancing, we insist on going to the theater and making movies.
Nothing is more dangerous to our adversaries than a people who sings and is happy. That makes art and culture instruments of resistance. Let us then go to the fight, without fear of being happy, with the certainty that love always wins.
A hug, with great longing and the immense will to be there,