Lula mixes defense of Minas Gerais and attack on Bolsonaro in speech in BH

Gor Passarini and Matheus Muratori

Thousands of people followed Lula’s speech at Praa Tiradentes, in the Center-South Region of BH (photo: Tlio Santos/EM/DA Press)

The speech by Luiz Incio Lula da Silva (PT) this Sunday afternoon (09/10) at Praça Tiradentes, in the Center-South region of the capital of Minas Gerais, was marked by the appreciation of the state of Minas Gerais, attacks on the current president Jair Bolsonaro (PL). ) – Lula’s rival in the second round of the presidential election – and other recurring themes in the PT’s speeches. Among them is the defense of women, indigenous peoples and the environment.

There were 11 minutes of a speech marked by Lula’s excitement, even after participating in a walk (he was on top of a truck) with the thousands of supporters, who began to descend from Praça da Liberdade around noon. Just over an hour and a half of walking, the announcement was made at Praa Tiradentes.

see gallery . 10 Photos Lula, who was in a truck, had a good time

Lula, who was in a truck, passed very close to supporters during the walk; candidate for president showed a lot of enthusiasm
(photo: Tlio Santos/EM/DA Press)

Lula started by valuing the Minas Gerais territory. The PT candidate cited the Inconfidência Mineira, of 1789, which fought against Portuguese rule, and the assassination of Tiradentes – which gives its name to the square where part of this Sunday’s act was completed – by the rulers of the time.

“It was here in Minas Gerais that the first embryo of Brazilian Independence emerged. What you are demonstrating today is that the dictators of the time hanged Tiradentes, quartered, salted and hung his flesh on a post so that no one would ever dare speak of independence again. What they didn’t know was that they only killed the meat. The ideas continued with the people of Minas Gerais”, he declared.

Lula finished ahead in the first round, with 48.43% of the valid votes last Sunday (2), in the first round. Bolsonaro (PL), the re-election candidate, had 43.20%.

Bolsonaro also trailed the PT in Minas Gerais, with 43.6% of the votes. Lula received 48.29%. In BH, the current president scored 46.60%, against 42.53% for the former president.

see gallery . 19 Photos Lula spoke alongside supporters at Pra

Lula spoke alongside supporters at Praa Tiradentes, in BH, this Sunday afternoon
(photo: Jair Amaral/EM/DA Press)

Afterwards, Lula said that “Minas does not support dictatorship, Minas does not support oppression” and defended a public policy focused on employment, culture, more opportunities for young people and respect for women.

Attacks on Bolsonaro

Lula called Bolsonaro “genocidal” when he addressed TV debates in the second round. For this month of October, there are five debates scheduled, but Lula is only expected to attend two of them. The dates are: the 16th of the Band; 17, from RedeTV; 22, of the SBT; 23, from Record; and 28, from Globo.
“I’m still going to Rio de Janeiro, I’m still going back to Minas Gerais, I’m still going to stay many times in So Paulo, I’m still going to Bahia, I’m still going to Sergipe, I’m still going to Alagoas, I’m still going to Amazonas, and I’m going to have two debates with the ‘genocidal'”, he said.

After saying that he should participate in the clashes on TV, the president of Brazil between 2003 and 2010 said that he will “put a lot of repellent on his body for fear of a bite” by Bolsonaro. “He said in an interview with the New York Times that he would have the courage to eat Indian meat. If he thinks of taking a bite of the Pernambucano, he will die of poison,” he added. There were other criticisms of Bolsonaro’s gesture during the speech.

Culture, environment and egalitarian guidelines

Lula was accompanied by several supporters, including politicians and artists. One of them was the singer Chico Buarque, and the candidate promised to recreate the Ministry of Culture.

Later, the ex-president returned to topics that he routinely addressed: gender egalitarian guidelines, defense of native peoples and defense of the environment, with a brief mention of Serra do Curral: “There will be special care”, he said, about the BH postcard, threatened by mining.

Lula returned to So Paulo after the act in BH, but left the path of sound with a hopeful message to the thousands of supporters: “Until victory, God willing”, he said, at the end of the rally. Before Lula, the following spoke on the sound track: Reginaldo Lopes (PT-MG), federal deputy; Marlia Campos (PT), mayor of Contagem; Gleisi Hoffmann, national president of the PT; and Chico Buarque, musician.

The second round of the presidential election will be held on October 30. Minas, the key state in the presidential race, is the second largest electoral college in Brazil. According to the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), there were 12,655,228 voters in the first round, behind only So Paulo – with 27,189,714 votes.

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