Lula’s release will intensify polarization

BRAZIL POLITICS - Report 08 Nov 2019 by Murillo de Aragão and Cristiano Noronha

The release of former President Lula (PT), a consequence of the Federal Supreme Court’s decision to restrict arrests until all legal appeals are exhausted, will give the opposition, especially the PT, much-needed political breathing room. Lula has been incarcerated since April 7 of last year at the Regional Office of the Federal Police in Curitiba and could have been serving in a work-release program, something he refused to do.

Despite the wear on the image of the PT and the weakened state of social movements, which have lost their ability to organize large-scale demonstrations, Lula could reorganize the party and the forces on the left of the political spectrum as a whole. It is worth noting that, from jail, he was able to take candidate Fernando Haddad (PT) to the runoff round of the 2018 presidential elections ‒​ and this was before the news site "The Intercept" cast doubts on the impartiality of the Car Wash Operation.

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