Narco News '02
Want the Power
By Luis A. Gómez
Narco News Andean Bureau
Sao Paulo, Brazil, October
6, 2002: In the late 1960s,
young Luiz Inácio da Silva began work in the factories of Sao Paulo, the most populated and developed
state of Brazil. In those years, his older brother, a member
of the Brazil Communist Party, introduced him to the union struggle.
This metal worker, who the people know as Lula - who today shines
a gray beard and has a friendly smile beaming from his face -
could become, a few hours from now, the president of his country
and spark a turning point in the history of our continent
For the first time in its history, the
largest and post powerful country in Latin America might have
a government of the people. As Lula, who has been the Workers
Party candidate for the past three elections, has, according
to public opinion polls, almost half the votes already assured.
In Brazil, fifty percent of the vote is required to win in the
first election round. If this doesn't happen, the top two candidates
will go for a second round on the 27th of October (and, according
to the polls, it could possibly happen today). Thirty years of
struggle against dictatorship, against hunger and the poverty
that hammers throughout the country, could bear fruit in a government
"for all the Brazilian people," as authentic journalist
Renato Rovai comments; our guide, today, in these lands.
Today, 115 million people are voting.
Today, the empire could be defeated in our América. If
Lula wins today, Brazil will be come a new bastion of hope for
those who truly desire a more dignified and just life. That's
why we are here, awaiting the results and a huge party in the
streets of this enormous city (with 10 million inhabitants in
the metropolitain area, and 20 million if we include all the
cities on its immediate periphery.
As Lula has said, his government would
mean "ending the misery and hunger that still punish almost
50 million people in our country. It opens the possibility that
the great majority of the Brazilian people will obtain full citizenship,
that the young people already won't have to confront the incredible
difficulties that so many people and I have had in this life.
Making Brazil better means changing the route, steering our country
away from the situation of vulnerability that was brought about
by the current economic policy. It means resuming development
with a redistribution of income and social justice
why we have a coalition with all the forces that truly want change
Stay tuned, kind readers, because once
again this year, as has happened in Venezuela, and in Bolivia,
the road of history ceases to be piled with defeats for all the
today, the people will be able to smile again. And
we want to share with you this important moment.
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