Brazil Left Blames Overzealous Prosecution for Former First Lady’s Death

As former Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva held a vigil for his late wife, the Brazilian public took to the internet to fiercely debate her image and legacy. Marisa Letícia died on Friday at the age of 66.

Like her husband, Letícia began her political career as a labor activist. She went on to help Lula found the Workers’ Party as he became one of Latin America’s most popular leaders.

As president from 2003 to 2011, Lula oversaw and widely took credit for Brazil’s rapid economic expansion, thanks namely to a worldwide commodities boom. Although Lula left office with sky-high approval ratings, his legacy has since been tarnished.

The country fell into economic recession under his handpicked successor, Dilma Rousseff. Then, the Petrobras scandal, an embezzlement scheme involving Brazil’s state oil company, rocked the country’s political system, ensnaring Lula and his wife.

Letícia died on Friday in São Paulo, at the age of 66. She had been hospitalized since January 24, after suffering a stroke.

Lula held the vigil at the headquarters of the Metalworkers’ Union headquarters in São Bernardo do Campo, a São Paulo suburb where the two met some 40 years ago. Leftist party staff and hundreds of supporters came to pay their final respects.

Brazil’s current president, Michel Temer, personally expressed his condolences to the family on Friday and declared three days of mourning for the former first lady.

While Letícia’s passing prompted an outpouring of grief, her involvement in the scandal led her death to become politicized. On the left, there have been several suggestions that the scandal and prosecution had been so fierce, they ultimately took their toll on the former first lady’s health.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that federal prosecutors led by judge Sergio Moro killed Dona Marisa,” leftist senator Lindbergh Farias said. “She was the victim of enormous persecution and couldn’t take it.”

People have been quick to defend Moro and decry those blaming the judge for Letícia’s death.

However, detractors have hit back at the Left’s accusations that prosecution was responsible for Letícia’s death. One user took to Twitter, writing: “Don’t know who is worse, those who celebrate Dona Marisa’s death or those who blame Moro for it.”

DW

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Former speaker of the House, Eduardo Cunha - ABr

Brazil’s Former House Speaker and Jailbird Threatens to Blow Up Business World

In jail for fraud, Eduardo Cunha, Brazil’s former lower house speaker and chief architect ...

Under-the-Table Money Moves 90% of Political Campaigns in Brazil

For University of BrasÀ­lia political scientist, David Fleischer, irregular campaign financing in Brazil is ...

The End of Brazil’s Richest Man: Bald and in Jail

Former Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista was arrested upon arrival at the Tom Jobim/Galeão International ...

Eletrobrás is on the block to be sold

Fire Sale: Dozens of Brazil Firms to Be Privatized Including Crown Jewel Eletrobrás

The government of Brazilian President Michel Temer says 57 public companies and airport terminals ...

Eike Batista, Once Brazil’s Wealthiest Man, Is Now an International Fugitive

Brazilian businessman Eike Batista was put on Interpol’s list of wanted people. After the ...

The Man Who Started Brazil President’s Impeachment Has Now Been Impeached Himself

Brazil’s former president of the chamber of deputies and mastermind of President Dilma Rousseff’s ...

Lula, Brazil’s Ex-president, One Step Closer to Jail

Brazil’s Supreme Court approved a request to probe former President Luiz Inácio Lula da ...

A word collage

The Surreal Reality of Being a Journalist in Brazil, Where Judges Intimidate the Press

Brazilian journalist Erik Silva never imagined that printing information from a municipal government website ...