Former Brazilian presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (L) and Dilma Rousseff wave to supporters in Monteiro, Paraiba state, Brazil, March 19, 2017. (Photo: Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula)
Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and ousted President Dilma Rousseff attended the San Francisco River Transposition, organized Sunday by leaders of social movements, artists and intellectuals in the Brazilian city of Monteiro.
“The coup is not over yet. It is underway with systematic lies like the one lived here in Monteiro, where someone, who never raised a finger to the diversion of these waters, dares to take credit for it now,” Rousseff said, referring to the administration of Michel Temer.
The rerouting of the river São Francisco to supply water to the population of Monteiro in the state of Paraíba, as well as other cities in the area, is an accomplishment of the previous governments of Lula and Rousseff.
“I am very proud to see the water come here, I fought a lot for this together with Lula,” the former president said.
A large gathering received the leaders of the Workers Party, or PT, in an event organized by social movements, who had prevented Temer from inaugurating the beginning of work on the water delivery days earlier.
“They always knew that the democracy of our government benefited the Brazilian people, they know (the right-wing) that during four elections we won and they lost, because they never got to present projects for the development of the country,” Rousseff added.
During his speech, Lula thanked those present.
“Leaving where I left and getting where I am, was only with the hand of God and the Brazilian people,” he said.
“I’m not a professional, I’m not a lawyer, I did not go to college, but … I know what it’s like to have a big belly full of bad things from drinking dirty water, I have honor, and I am proud to be able to contribute to the fact that this town has water today.”
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