Lula has led the most successful democratic economic redistribution project the world has seen in the modern world, yet he has been sentenced by the Brazilian Supreme Court in complete disregard of the Constitution this Court is supposed to uphold and any concept of natural justice. Why? Well anyone who looks into this in any depth, comes to a conclusion that it has to be about the money, that those who manipulate people through money and emotionally backed lies about cleaning corruption and the like, do not wish to relinquish such powerful tools which have served them well for about the last five hundred years, whether that be in Europe, the United States or Brazil.
The problem is that those who use such tools are not concerned with the Truth. Why should they? It appears to work well. But as one friend said to me yesterday, everyone knows they are lying, the people themselves, the media, the judges, the heads behind the coup, the people, everyone knows it.
A military intervention has been imposed on the city of Rio de Janeiro in an effort to manipulate the electorate into feeling that now, at last, there is a feeling of security.
Unfortunately, someone didn’t tell the assassins of Marielle Franco, the left-wing city councillor, who had just been appointed as overseer of that military intervention by and for the city, and suddenly the eyes of the world were back on Brazil, and that rather backfired.
Soon afterwards, Michel Temer, the incumbent President, announced his intention to run for the Presidency in the October election. His popularity ratings hover around the three per cent mark, and the talk is that he was hoping of that military intervention would boost his ratings enough to see him to victory.
The problem is that the right-wing neocons do not have any candidate that is palatable to the populace, and the only one in the country with any chance of winning has just been imprisoned on cooked up charges and no evidence.
When they declare Lula unfit to stand for President, which they certainly will, regardless of any legal basis, the person he indicates as his preferred candidate will stand a very good chance of winning. But that would reverse the whole process of the coup and the sell-off of public assets which the neocons, in Washington, London and Brasilia, which had no democratic response to the economic and social successes of the Lula/Dilma governments.
So they are now in a tight position, without room to manoeuvre, and everyone is waiting for the events that are unfolding before us.