Brasilia.- The statement was made by the president of the Workers' Party (PT), Gleisi Hoffmann, at a meeting with members of the organization in the city of Campinas, in the state of Sao Paulo, where she spoke about the main national political developments.
According to the federal lawmaker, as a president (2003-2011), Lula "changed the way the world saw Brazil."
She insisted that the former union leader represents national sovereignty and, therefore, fighting for his freedom is fighting for the Brazilian people's dignity and the country's autonomy before the world, an issue that the ex-president considers a priority at present.
Hoffmann noted that the cause for Lula's freedom is "fundamental and strategic," and it is not just the struggle for an innocent man who was unjustly detained.
It would be enough if it were just for that, "for solidarity with our comrade. But it is above all for what he personifies in the world scenario: Lula represents our sovereignty," she stressed.
The party leader stated that the PT governments (2003-2016) succeeded in reducing the ratio between the active debt and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), created a monetary fund and generated more than 16 million formal jobs. (PL)