Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said today that he decided to stay in Brazil when his arrest was ordered to prove the lies and unmask the former judge and justice minister, Sergio Moro.
If I had left Brazil when prison was ruled in April 2018, after a conviction confirmed in the second instance, I would be treated as a fugitive, and to prove the lies and that Moro was a scoundrel I stayed instead of choosing exile, Lula said in an emotional speech in front of the headquarters of the Metallurgical Syndicate of Sao Bernardo do Campo, in Sao Paulo.
One day after being released and among repeated thanks to those who worried about his stay in prison, Lula recalled the day (April 7, 2018) when he was taken to prison by the Federal Police in this same place (Trade Union of the Metallurgists).
He revealed that he prepared 'spiritually to not hate' and 'when I left here I had a mission. I was in solitary confinement and for 580 days I prepared myself. I prepared myself not to hate my executioners. I slept with a clear conscience. '
He criticized Moro, the magistrate who condemned him, and the Lava Jato anti-corruption operation.
He said that 'I don't think there is any other way. There is no one who can fix this country if you don't want to. It makes no sense to be afraid, to worry about the threats they make on television that there will be a militia. '
This country has 210 million inhabitants and we cannot let the militia take over it, he remarked.
He admitted that he cannot see, at the age of 74, these people (the Government of Jair Bolsonaro) destroying the country we built and I am willing to return to that country.
Dressed in a pullover and black jacket, the former labor leader, who joked from time to time with the public, insisted that 'if we work well, in 2022 the left call that Bolsonaro fears so much will defeat the extreme right.'
"This country does not deserve the government it has, which sends its children to lie every day," he denounced.
He announced that in about 20 days he will make a profound pronouncement for the Brazilian people. Then, loaded on his shoulders, the popular former president entered the crowd trying to clench his hands under chants of Lula Libre.
The Brazilian Justice decreed on Friday the freedom of the ex-president after the Federal Supreme Court approve the right for prisoners, with conviction in second instance, to appeal until all legal remedies are exhausted.
At the headquarters of the Federal Police of the southern city of Curitiba, Lula was serving an eight-year and 10-month sentence for alleged corruption and money laundering in the Lava Jato operation, accusations he always denies and reiterates that he is the victim of political persecution and judicial.