“The Brazilian elite knows about the hunger for reading”, says Lula,

In a meeting with social movements from the countryside, forest and waters, entitled “For life and against hunger”, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) stated that “the head of the Brazilian elite is still a slave, it is the only one meaning of the existence of hunger in the country.” Lula also said that, regardless of the amount of food produced by Brazil, “if the people don’t have money, they don’t eat.” The former president asked for fraternity among all Brazilians.

Also according to the PT, hunger is the “unfortunate evil that we have to put as a priority (to be extinguished)”:

This country has to be civilized. If we, who eat every day, don’t reach out to those who don’t eat, this country will not be civilized

During the meeting, Lula criticized former president Michel Temer (MDB). “These people who overturned Dilma (Rousseff) saying they would bridge the future, look at the bridge they made,” he said, referring to the development program launched by Temer (“Bridge to the Future”) when he assumed the presidency of Republic, in 2016. The project foresaw and implemented reforms with a reduction in labor rights, a ceiling on public spending on Health and Education and the pension reform, among other measures.

Finally, Lula lamented that hunger is advancing in Brazil, “the third largest producer of animal protein on planet Earth”. The former president also reaffirmed his desire for the PT to launch Fernando Haddad as a candidate for the government of São Paulo.

Movements

Among the social movements that participated in the organization of the meeting, the Landless Workers Movement (MST) asked Lula that, if elected (the former president has not yet confirmed his pre-candidacy for the presidency of the Republic in 2022), to resume the Reform Agrarian in the country.

“It is necessary to change the agrarian structure of this country and resume Agrarian Reform. The landlords of that country are robbing public lands. We want to retake our place and participate in discussions within Incra, the MDA (Ministry of Agrarian Development), the Harvest Plan and the Ministry of Fisheries”, summarized Alexandre Conceição, from the national directorate of the MST.

The representative of the National Coordination of Quilombolas (Conaq) known as Biko criticized the country’s large rural producers. “Agribusiness wants to destroy the Brazilian countryside, and we are the frontier that prevents this destruction. Quilombola communities are found in all biomes.

In the Amazon, we black people are 68% of the population, but the world doesn’t see us. When the Pantanal burns, we burn together

Indigenous peoples were represented by the Association of Brazilian Indigenous Peoples (APIB), which also criticized rural producers. “It takes boldness and courage to face agribusiness and demarcate our lands. Today, we have approximately 500 demarcation processes that are stopped. Today, the population that suffers the most from river pollution are the indigenous people,” said Kretã Kaingang, the movement’s leader.

Edition: Vinícius Segalla

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