Brazilian former president Lula is named honorary citizen of Paris


RIO DE JANEIRO (Sputnik) – Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2011) was appointed honorary citizen of the capital of France.

"This Thursday, the Paris City Chamber granted Lula the title of Honorary Citizen of Paris," the opposition Workers Party (PT) said in a statement.

This recognition for people imprisoned or in danger for their political ideas was given to 17 personalities since it was established in 2001, including South African leader and former president Nelson Mandela (1994-1999) or also Brazilian chieftain Raoni Metuktire.
The Municipal Chamber of Paris considered that in the figure of the former president "all defenders of democracy in Brazil are attacked", and stressed that Lula was arrested at the time he was favorite to win in the 2018 elections.
Lula has been imprisoned since April 2018 for crimes of passive corruption and money laundering; the leftist ex-president assures that he is innocent and that he was the victim of a judicial plot to prevent him from returning to power.

Recently, the city of Paris also paid tribute to the councilwoman of Rio de Janeiro killed last year, Marielle Franco, giving her name to some gardens.

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