With the writer were six more demonstrators who received slogans and protests from participants in an international seminar held in a hotel in Lisbon, organized by the Committees on Foreign Affairs and National Defense (CRE) of the Federal Senate and the Chamber of Deputies of the Brazil.
The two-day meeting marks the 25th anniversary of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) and debates Sustainable Agribusiness in Brazil.
“Out of genocidal Bolsonaro” and “accomplices of a genocide” were some of the slogans that protesters shouted, raising their voices whenever a conference participant approached the hotel.
Author of 19 books, Elisa Lucinda is in Portugal to participate in the Bienal da Poesia, in Oeiras, and was unable to ignore the protest.
“We are few, but they represent many. Brazilians are devastated, Brazilians are dying, 19 million are unemployed, the hunger line is widening immensely,” he told Lusa, without hiding his emotion.
The actress, who appeared in several soap operas that were broadcast in Portugal, underlined that Brazil is experiencing an “interesting moment, despite so much pain”, which is “the moment of regret”.
“Everything got worse. The only good thing is that the error was clear. When you think about a Lula government, a PT government [Partido dos Trabalhadores], we really miss having a President, we really miss a Brazil far from hunger, we really miss a country that, when we remember today, seems like a paradise,” he said, without holding back tears.
Elisa Lucinda welcomes the protests outside Brazil, mainly in Europe and in a country like Portugal, where Brazilians are the largest immigrant community, and which is “a reference with the fundamentals of the left, of equality”.
“Here there is not such a violent disparity between the poorest and the richest. It is absurd what is happening in Brazil, the way in which inequality is installed and in this government it was encouraged”.
Faced with the absence of an “impeachment”, one poet says that now she prefers that Bolsonaro “come out in the vote”, even to avoid victimization, “like the stab wound”.
Stefan Costa, from the Revolu collective movement, preferred not to wait for the 2022 changes, not least because “life does not wait, people are dying, they are starving”.
One of the reasons that led this activist to protest was to question Arthur Lira, president of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, for not having filed any impeachment orders against Bolsonaro.
“We wanted to understand why none of the requests for impeachment, from various parties, civil society, social movements, has been opened. From the moment the inquiry does not open, it is complicit in everything that is happening,” he told Lusa.
Eiu continued: “We have more than 600,000 dead, 19 million people in the poverty line, total unemployment. It is impossible to know that there is such an event to deal with business and people are dying of hunger.”
Pedro Prola, jurist and coordinator of the PT nucleus in Lisbon, also insists on the issue of ‘impeachment`: “Arthur Lira shelved more than 150 requests”.
“Brazil is facing a real tragedy. More than half of the population is food insecure. Today, hunger has returned in force. People are buying bones because they don’t have the money to buy more meat,” he lamented.
For Pedro Prola, “instead of being concerned with solving the people’s problems, their concern is to come to Europe and try to wash Bolsonaro’s face, in a luxury hotel, spending public money”.