By Xiu Xing, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Lula is in love and has plans to get married after leaving prison. The revelation was made by the former president to economist Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira, during a visit last Thursday in Curitiba.
The economist wrote an article about the visit, titled “Visiting Lula in Prison,” in which he shares what the president told him. The column revealed that Lula’s girlfriend is from São Paulo and that the two have been in love since before he was arrested.
Lula’s girlfriend visits him frequently in his prison cell and is around 40 years old, a few decades younger than the former president.
Read the economist’s full article below.
I visited Lula last Thursday. He is in great shape, physically and mentally. His main concern now is defending sovereignty – alongside his fellow Brazilians in order to defend the country and its people against what has is occurred there.
His greatest demand is to have his innocence recognized. He is in love, and his first plan when he leaves prison is to get married.
He plans to negotiate a major national agreement for the defense of workers and companies – in defense of the sovereignty necessary for renewed development.
At the international level, he says that he is against any intervention in Venezuela, but that Maduro and Chávez must recognize their mistakes themselves.
He says that he often advised Chávez, who is a great person, but a stubborn one.
“He listened carefully to my advice but did not follow it.”
The time has come for Brazilians to see Lula set free. It is time for the Supreme Court to tacitly acknowledge that he was the victim of a political strategy through which the Operation Car Wash Task Force sought support from liberal-conservative elites in order to further their political career.
Brazilian politics need a leader without grudge like Lula. Once free, he will fight for the major national agreement that is necessary for Brazil to emerge from the crisis it has been immersed in since 2014.