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Venezuela: ‘Lula’s Imprisonment Directed by US Empire’

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Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has approved a resolution demonstrating solidarity with Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the Brazilian people.

Brazil’s former President Lula (R) and Venezuela’s former President Chavez during a ceremony in Salvador City in 2013. | Photo: Cubadebate

Constituent Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez said: “The aggression against the former Brazilian leader is a continental movement directed by the intelligence services of the United States to criminalize social movements against the expansion of the North American empire,” Prensa Latina reports.

“The aggression against the former Brazilian leader is a continental movement directed by the intelligence services of the United States,” the National Assembly said.

The head of the Workers’ Commission in the ANC, Francisco Torrealba, said: “Working through the continental right-wing United States does not only attack the constitutionality of Venezuela.”

The ANC leaders agreed that Lula is being attacked judicially because he represents the progressive option in the Brazilian elections, and his imprisonment is designed to prevent him securing victory at the polls.

During an ordinary session of the ANC, members decided to deliver the resolution to Lula in order to reiterate to Brazilians that Venezuela accompanies them in their struggle for defense of the Constitution and their right to self-determination.

The Brazilian Workers’ Party founder was imprisoned this past weekend after Brazil’s Supreme Court denied his first habeas corpus plea to remain free while he exhausts his appeals.

Lula was convicted last year on corruption charges in connection with the Operation Car Wash investigation, although he and his lawyers insist he is innocent.

Article originally appeared on Today Venezuela and is republished here with permission.