Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will return today to the road with the Caravan of Hope, this time to tour the state of Minas Gerais and continue feeling the pulse of Brazil.
In Steel Valley, one of the cradles of the Workers’ Party (PT), will start the tour through mining land, which will extend until October 30 during which Lula will visit seven regions and 14 cities, according to the initial program.
An act in defense of national sovereignty in the locality of Ipatinga will be the first scheduled by Lula, who plans also to visit universities and their campus, the industrial complex and a trickle irrigation project in Montes Claros, besides the house-museum Guimaraes Rosa, among others. Interviewed by radio Super Noticias FM of Belo Horizonte, Lula recalled that in the first stage of the caravan in the Northeast of the country last August, he was able to sense that poverty, hunger and unemployment are returning to Brazil.
‘We are losing the rights we conquered over the last years’, he lamented.
During the PT governments, in Minas Gerais were created three universities and 16 university campuses, as well as 43 technical schools, which allowed to expand higher education to the inner state and other regions forgotten until then, said federal deputy Reginaldo Lopes.
On the other hand, over four million miners were beneficiaries of free medicines; a million 100 thousand families formed the social program Family Bag and over a million citizens could abandon extreme poverty, stressed the legislator.
The project Lula for Brazil is a joint initiative of the PT and the Foundation Perseu Abramo, who launched the platform of citizen participation ‘The Brazil that People Want’ in order to design a strategy for the future of the country.
Víctim for the last three years of an obstinate judicial and media persecution, Lula carried out the first stage of the Caravan of Hope between August 17 and September 5.
In that time, he toured the nine states of the Northeast, visited 58 cities and held dozens of meetings that, in his words, allowed him to embrace thousands of persons smelling of dust, hope and dreams.
I don’t know what will happen from now to the presidential elections of 2018, but if the allies of the PT and the Front Popular Brazil want and I get to be nominated, it will be to win and prove that a lathe operator and mechanic is more competent than the Brazilian elites to recover the economy and the prestige of this country, he said ending the tour.