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  • Former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva.

    Former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. | Photo: EFE

Lula sharply criticized the government, saying that instead of assaulting workers and pensioners rights, they should be focused squarely on “creating jobs.”

During a recent interview with Congressman Wadih Damous, former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva spoke about media and judicial persecution surrounding corruption charges against him and Wednesday's Chamber of Deputies vote which could see senate-imposed president Michel Temer investigated for bribery, according to Brasil 24/7.

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In direct reference to Temer's administration, Lula said, “the people cannot withstand another year of suffering under this severe economic crises.”

Lula also said that prior to the impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff, he honestly believed that there weren't enough Congresspeople who would vote in favor of her ouster.

Lula sharply criticized the government, saying that instead of assaulting workers and pensioners rights, they should be focused squarely on “creating jobs.”

While Brazil's Senate approved Temer's highly unpopular labor reforms on July 12, his government continues to push for equally loathsome pension reform, which would scrap the average retirement age of 54, making it mandatory that women retire at 62 and men at 65.

He's also proposing a 20-year freeze no public spending.

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During the interview Lula recalled a book published by Brazil's former Comptroller General Jorge Hage, the head official responsible for combating government corruption.

“I doubt there's been another political party that's done more to combat corruption than the Worker's Party. There's only one way for people to avoid persecution, (and that is): be honest.”

Lula emphasized that he wanted the same law applied to Temer, Judge Sergio Moro, lawmaker Aecio Neves, himself and others.

“What I don't want is to be subjected to double standards,” he concluded.


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