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Lula Launches Campaign in Brazil: We Want a Government That Distributes Books, Not Weapons

HeadlineAug 17, 2022

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has formally launched his campaign to challenge Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in October’s election. On Tuesday, Lula held his first campaign rally at a car factory outside of São Paulo. Lula denounced Bolsonaro’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed nearly 700,000 Brazilians. Lula also vowed to reshape the role of government in Brazil if he returns to office.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva: “We don’t want a government that distributes weapons; we want a government that distributes books. We don’t want a government that feeds hate; we want a government that feeds love.”

While polls show Lula in the lead, fear is growing Bolsonaro may try to steal the election possibly with help from the Brazilian military.

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