By Arnold August on February 14, 2019
After spending two days in Caracas on February 3 and 4, including a semi-private meeting with President Maduro, this is my basic impression. The situation in Caracas is the opposite of what is portrayed in the international corporate media in the U.S., Canada and other countries in the West. It is calm. There are no people starving to death nor “civil war” violence as the media repeat.
Former President Luiz Inacio “Lula” Da Silva, historic leader of the Workers’ Party (PT), has been sentenced in a new case to an additional 12 years and 11 months in prison. Without producing any evidence, he is being accused of “passive corruption” for improvements carried out on a house in the country side that he does not own.
The offenses against Lula seem to be endless in this obscene mockery of the most elementary sense of justice.
On January 29, Genival Inacio Da Silva “Vavá”, Lula’s older brother and a beloved father figure, died. Lula was denied permission to attend the funeral, a right that every prisoner has in Brazil.