Bolsonaro and Lula Exchange Verbal Attacks

The President first attacked on social media; Lula attacked during his speeches

In his first time talking about former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's release from prison, President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) called the petista a scoundrel, without mentioning his name. He later said that one should not "compromise with a president."

Bolsonaro posted a video in honor of Justice Minister Sergio Moro - who, when a Lava Jato judge, convicted Lula in 2018 for corruption. Moro, in turn, lamented the ruling of the Supreme Court.

Lula benefited from the Supreme Court decision that, on Thursday (7), changed the case law on the arrest soon after a state-level appeal. But he is still convicted by the case of the Guarujá tríplex. He is accused of taking bribes by the OAS for contracts with Petrobras, which he denies.

Brazilian former president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waves a Brazilian flag as he is carried on the shoulders through the crowd of supporters during a gathering outside the metalworkers' union building in Sao Bernardo do Campo, in metropolitan Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 9, 2019. - Brazil's leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva walked free from jail Friday after a year and a half behind bars for corruption following a court ruling that could release thousands of convicts. (Photo by Nelson ALMEIDA / AFP) - AFP

His political situation may change. Another court ruling will examine Moro's suspicion. If accepted, these lawsuits against Lula go back to the first instance, cleaning his record and thereby making him eligible to be elected.

In São Bernardo do Campo (SP), the birthplace of the PT, Lula repeated verbal attacks against the Minister of Justice and the press. He also criticized the government's liberally oriented economic policy, associating the policy with the current social tensions in Chile.

Surrounded by his allies during his speech, Lula linked Bolsonaro to the threatening militia. He said he accepted the outcome of the election, but the president was not elected to govern as the Rio de Janeiro militias. "I'm back," he announced.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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