A variety of international figures reacted to the recent court ruling in Brazil which upheld the conviction of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is facing political persecution intended to prevent his participation in upcoming elections, with all polls showing that he is the indisputable favorite.
The outcome of this case will mark the future of the giant South American country, and that of one of the Latin American left's most important figures: a steelworker whose administration was able to free millions from poverty and put Brazil on the map of emerging super-powers. Amidst the current economic and social crisis, Lula is the hope for Brazil's reemergence and the strengthening of progressive movements in the region.
Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Relations (Minrex) released a statement, January 31, on the ruling announced by a second level appeals court reaffirming the conviction of
the former President and leader of the country's Workers' Party.
Minrex reiterated its unconditional support and solidarity with Lula, who, according to the statement, is the object of ferocious political and judicial attacks, in an effort to prevent his candidacy in Brazil's Presidential elections.