By Arkady Petrov
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Impassioned, the former President declared in his second interview from prison to Brazilian journalist Kennedy Alencar that “for the sake of Brazil” he hopes Bolsonaro will learn how to guide the country,” reports Brazilian news outlet UOL in its latest report.
The conversation was recorded one week ago – before the decree signed by Bolsonaro on Tuesday, expanding the right to carry arms to a variety of categories including truckers, lawyers, deputies, municipal councilors, and even journalists.
“Instead of talking about such nonsense, he should say that he will finish his term better than Lula had. I will create more universities, I will invest more in science and technology, I will put more children in school, I will build more houses,” said Lula.
“He has just made a decree ending all of the popular councils that had been created since the Constitution of 1988. He barbarously defends an armed state, a police state. He has just authorized farmers to use guns and shoot at anyone they want. He is a sick man! He thinks that Brazil’s problem can be resolved with firearms. The problems of Brazil are solved with books, with schools”, added the former president to the journalist at the headquarters of the Federal Police in Curitiba.
When mentioning that “a farmer can shoot at whoever he wants”, it is noted that Lula was referring to the promises that Jair Bolsonaro had made on April 18th, regarding the carrying of firearms.
The member of the PT party also criticized the posturing of the current President’s children. “He is running around after his children, putting out a fire every day. I don’t know how the family works, but what is presented publicly is something that is out of control”, said Lula.
The interview had been requested by Alencar last year but was only held this month because of divergent decisions by Ministers of the Federal Supreme Court.
Statements made by the PT to press vehicles were banned from September of 2018 to April of this year when the President of the Court, Dias Toffoli, gave permission for him to be interviewed by the newspapers Folha de S.Paulo and El País Brasil.