Lula asserted that Brazil knows how democracy can be destroyed

Without naming the names and applauding the participants of the 59th Congress of the National Union of Students (UNE), the founder of the Labor Party also noted that the country experienced fascism and Nazism in the previous administration (2019-2022).

You have to understand how important democracy is. I was recently introduced to fascism and Nazism and how the conquests can be destroyed in just four years and the democracy we have spent centuries building,” said the former trade unionist.

He said that “democracy may not be the best thing”, but that “nothing like it” ever existed.

He insisted that “only in him can we live in freedom, in pluralism. (…) we can shout and mock.” Lula, who was accompanied by former President of Uruguay José (Pepe) Mujica and First Lady Ganga da Silva, stressed in democracy.

He argued that what motivates human life, the ability to be better or not to be, is when there is a reason or not.

The 77-year-old former convert said: “The person who has no reason has very little reason to live, and whoever has it can say they want to live 120 years and that will be me.”

He emphasized that he returned to power “because you voted together to restore this country, to restore democracy and the quality of life of our people.”

He promised that during his administration, more universities and laboratories would be established, more technical schools built, and the poor placed at the top of his government’s priorities and in the union’s budget.

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According to Lula, this student event is evidence that the country has been transformed by the presence of mulattoes and blacks, the children of the Brazilian people.

He noted that he was the last president to participate in the UNE conference in 2009, and gave his speech that he will be in the following conferences.

The fifty-ninth session takes place between July 12 and 16 in Brasilia, where the students delivered a letter to the Head of State with the main demands in the field of education.

According to Lula, the so-called guidelines are long and arduous, but a government like himself is capable of approving the proposals.

In Defense of Democracy: Against Tyranny and Hate Speech in Brazil is the theme of the forum, which brings together more than 10,000 students from all countries.

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