Solidarity with Lula!
Party chairs of DIE LINKE, Katja Kipping and Bernd Riexinger, as well as head of DIE LINKE international commission, Heinz Bierbaum declare:
We are dismayed at the conviction of former Brazilian president Lula due to alleged corruption. The accusation seems constructed and politically motivated. The meager evidence is based on statement of the chief victims. Again, the judiciary seems to be instrumentalized for political reasons.
Lula's workers' party (Partido dos Trabalhadores - PT) considers the conviction a direct attack on the constitution and democracy. Already last year, Dilma Rousseff was displaced by a parliamentary coup. Now, the impression grows that Lula, currently leading the polls for the next presidential elections in 2018, is to be put out of action with a specious judgement. Together with the PT we are hoping that justice gets its chance in the next instances. Our solidarity belongs to the PT and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.