Responding to the Supreme Court’s ruling in a statement on Thursday, Brazil’s Workers’ Party—which was launched in 1980 by Lula and a group of left-wing intellectuals and unionists—said Lula’s campaign for the presidency will continue, even if he is behind bars.
“The Brazilian people have the right to vote for Lula, the candidate of hope,” the statement reads. “The Workers’ Party will defend his candidacy in the streets in all circumstances, until the end.”
In a letter published in the Guardian on Thursday, a group of British members of parliament, academics, and activists denounced the “concerted campaign against [Lula], where his basic human rights have been breached” and said he should be allowed to continue his presidential campaign.
“Lula has been subjected to a political prosecution and conviction, ignoring evidence of his innocence, and triggering a crisis of confidence in the rule of law,” the letter contines. “This is not just about one man but the future of democracy in Brazil. We believe he should be allowed to stand and the Brazilian people allowed to decide their own future.”
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