The first rally of Lula (PT) and Alexandre Kalil (PSD) in this year’s electoral campaign, in Belo Horizonte, brings together more than 100,000 supporters this Thursday night (18). With caravans coming from all regions of the state, the meeting marked the start of the official campaign in the second largest electoral college in the country.
The desire to contribute to the victory of a project anchored in popular agendas was one of the main motivations that led a crowd to occupy Praça da Estação, in the center of the capital of Minas Gerais.
The maid, Maria dos Anjos Soares, 54, believes that this year’s elections will be decisive for the country’s future.
A resident of Montes Claros, in the North of Minas, one of the regions with the highest poverty rates in the state, the woman sees in Lula’s election the possibility of reversing the scenario of hunger, unemployment and poverty.
“No one cares anymore. Every day more friends and relatives show up without food and without work. When President Lula ruled, we had lunch, snacks and dinner. It wasn’t all a thousand wonders. But it was much better,” he reports.
Among the commitments made by the former president in his meeting with the Minas Gerais voter, he emphasized the resumption of social policies that improve the living conditions of the poorest population.
“This is no ordinary election. It is the dispute between democracy and fascism. What we are discussing here is whether our children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to work. If we are going to ensure that every man and woman has a house to live in. It is whether every Brazilian will be able to have breakfast, lunch and dinner every day,” Lula said during his speech.
The former president also listed that, during the Workers’ Party governments, the poorest population had access to rights that were historically denied. For Lula, his election will mean the milestone for the resumption of a country project that has the people at the center.
“This country will privilege love and solidarity. We have already managed to place the maid’s daughter to be a doctor. We have already managed to place a bricklayer’s son to be an engineer. We have already managed to place a gravedigger’s son to be a diplomat”, he emphasized. Lula, during his speech. When we ruled this country, it was the sixth greatest power in the world. That’s why I’m coming back,” she recalled.
In addition to the candidate for the government of Minas and former mayor of Belo Horizonte, Alexandre Kalil, leaders of popular movements and political parties were at Lula’s side on the platform. Parliamentarians, chief executives, candidates for the Senate and state and federal deputies were also present.
In the opinion of Sílvio Netto, from the National Directorate of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), Lula’s candidacy represents the rescue of the hope of the Brazilian people in the possibility of building a project more advanced than that of the current president and candidate for reelection. , Jair Bolsonaro.
“Today is the start of a campaign that changes the daily life of the Brazilian and Minas Gerais people. We want to overcome neoliberalism and neo-fascism, which combine truculence, hatred, death and the liberalism that gives our heritage. poverty and despair. We have the historic opportunity to overcome this”, he highlights.
The reduction of investments in social areas, determined by Constitutional Amendment 95, approved in the Temer government (MDB) and maintained by the Bolsonaro government, was also criticized during the rally.
Among the direct impacts of the measure are the precariousness of public universities and the Unified Health System (SUS). For Lara Polisseni, a student at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), the effects of neoliberal policy and the minimal state are felt daily.
“The UFJF had a budget reduction of 53% during the Bolsonaro government. This has a direct impact on student assistance and permanence. Our scholarships have also been reduced. With Lula, it will increase investment in education so that students can stay in universities We believe that he will revoke the spending ceiling so that we can make universities more popular”, he comments.
In addition to the return of funding, Lula’s supporters expect that, with his election, he will also begin a process of repeal of the Labor and Social Security reforms.
“Today, you are either unemployed or you work with virtually no rights. Bolsonaro has destroyed everything we’ve conquered and now we have to rebuild,” lamented Carlos Fernandes de Oliveira, an informal worker and resident of Belo Horizonte.
The latest electoral polls demonstrate Lula’s leadership among the Minas Gerais and Brazilian electorates. In the state, the former president has consolidated an alliance with the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and supports the candidacy of Alexandre Kalil for the government of Minas.
Appointed by polls as the most competitive opposition candidate in relation to the current governor, Romeu Zema (Novo), the former mayor of Belo Horizonte also stood out during the rally.
At the meeting, Lula reaffirmed the importance of electing governors and parliamentarians in line with his project of “reconstruction of the country” and emphasized the importance of voting for Alexandre Kalil.
“Kalil has already proved that a good government is not one that says it has cash in hand. We don’t want that. We want money spent on health, security, education and transport. We will elect Kalil and that state will grow again. It will no longer be just an ore exporter. In this state, there will be no more dam failures like in Mariana and Brumadinho”, Lula argued when defending the vote for Alexandre Kalil.
Ideologically and economically aligned with the Bolsonaro government, during his first term, Romeu Zema sought to implement in Minas Gerais agendas similar to those defended by the federal government.
“Governing is an act of love. It is an act of protection. Everyone came here because when the slave quarters read the big house shakes. I heard today from the governor that I scream a lot and I really do. It was in the cry that we opened a 480-bed hospital in Belo Horizonte. It was in the scream that I built a health post in this city every two months. It was in the scream that I reformed 245 schools. And it’s in the cry that we’re going to put them out”, highlighted Kalil, referring to actions developed by his management at the head of the City Hall of BH.
The privatization of strategic state-owned companies, the withdrawal of civil servants’ rights, the Administrative Reform and the adhesion of Minas to the Fiscal Recovery Regime (RRF) are some of the main projects of the current governor and candidate for reelection Romeu Zema.
For Lucileia Miranda, a teacher in the basic education network in Minas Gerais, the consolidation of the agendas defended by Lula in the state depends on the defeat of Romeu Zema in the electoral race.
“Here in Minas, the privatized and liberal government of Zema has already caused a lot of damage to workers. We need to build a process in which our state has a government that aligns itself with the Lula government nationally. It is essential to elect Lula and Kalil together to build a Minas Gerais that respects the wishes of the people”, he argues.
Source: BdF Minas Gerais
Editing: Elis Almeida