Brazil Celebrates Democracy and Lula’s Inauguration

On Sunday, Brazil inaugurated former union leader and head of the Workers’ Party Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as President. 

One video shows a Lula supporter at a rally saying, “We are here because the inauguration of Lula means we can resume the restoration of our democracy. We are here to show political force and that democracy includes all races, ethnicities, and social classes.”

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, better known as “Lula,” replaced Brazil’s far-right former president Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro notoriously supported the illegal farming of the Amazon Rainforest. His handling of covid also left Brazil’s indigenous population more vulnerable to the virus. Beyond harming his country’s land and people, he also threatened Brazil’s democracy. Bolsonaro has yet to concede the election– an election he has decidedly lost. Bolsonaro refused to attend Lula’s inauguration and now lives in Orlando, Florida, where he avoids criminal investigations. 

Lula addressed Brazil as the president, “The last few years, we undoubtedly lived in one of the worst periods in our history, an era of shadows, doubt, and a lot of suffering. But this nightmare came to an end with the sovereign vote in the most important election since the country’s return to democracy, an election that has shown the Brazilian people’s commitment to democracy and its institutions. This extraordinary victory of democracy forces us to look forward to forgetting our differences, which are much less than what unites us forever — the love for Brazil and the unbreakable faith in our people. …

Unfortunately, much of what we built in 13 years was destroyed in less than half that period, first by the coup against former President Dilma Rousseff in 2016 and then by the four years of a government that destroyed the country and whose legacy history will never forget. …

In the fight for the good of Brazil, we will use the weapons that our adversaries fear the most: the truth that prevails over lies, the hope that conquers fear, and the love that defeats hatred. Long live Brazil, and long live the Brazilian people!”

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