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Lula, Today and yesterday

According to the opinion polls, he was the candidate who was going to win on the first rounds. Dispite the constant accusations of corruption, the former metallurgist seemed to be making a sure way towards his second administrative period. On the past four years of government, the PT (Workers Party) ended up looking like an illegal association. A gang of thieves that only seem to exclude the president him self. «Ali Baba and the forty thieves» was the the comparison drawn by Mr. Alckmin (the candidate of the PSDB -Brazilian Social Democrat Party-, his main opponent), although he aswell exonerated Lula. The campaign ended up with the image of 1.7 millons of Reais on the cover of every newspaper. An eloquent picture of the large amount of money collected by two members of Lula's campaing commitee to buy evidence against José Serra, his opponent. This photo may had something to do with the fact Lula couldn't get that extra 1% that would have allowed him to win on the first round. This result was considered a defeat for Lula. Dispite this, the candidate's image remains clean and honest. Luis Ignacio «Lula» Da Silva was born on the brazilian north east area. He started to work when he was 12 years-old and that's his main credential: his humble backgrounds. When he moved to Sao Paulo with all his brothers he gets a job as a lathe operator in one of the largest metallurgical factories of the area, on the industrial estate of Sao Bernardo do Campo. As a worker he achieves to 

substitute for the head of the powerful metallurgical union untill 1975. Later on, he won the election with over the 92% of the votes and became president of the union. Amidst the dictatorship, he organized the first worker's strikes facing the risk of persecution and prison. Little by little, among union activists and intellectuals they initiate the Worker's Party (PT) on February 10th 1980. Soon he will run for president on 1989. With simplicity and being transparent more than charismatic, his comrades from those early times remember him as a modest person and they trust he hasn't change nor he will not. This opinion is not shared by his closest opponents who criticize the economical politics of the PT government. The project «Zero hunger» and the promise of 10 millons work positions weren't fully accomplished, although the brazilian working class with lower purchasing power were the most benefitted with Lula's projects. Today the president who used to embody change is now the candidate of the continuity. In the state of Sao Paulo lives almost a quarter of the electorate of the entire country, 28 millons of brazilian people voting. And it's right there on the industrial area of the city where Lula decided to defend his campaign. Four days before the elections, he chose to make his last public appearence at Sao Bernardo do Campo, missing the broadcasted debate where the candidates were supposed to meet. «Here is where everything started (...) four years after that I came to look at you in the eye and tell you that us, the government of the people, we have humbly created work positions and managed to decreased poverty.», he would say in front of a few thousand of his long-time followers. But in Brasilia, the empty chair image at the debate would have a bigger impact on the paulista electorate. The night of the elections, with 90% of the votes counted, Lula didn't thought it was possible to achieved  the 50% of the votes that would helped him to avoid the ballotage. Finally, the Sao Paulo local government was won by José Serra of the PSDB and Lula received less than 49% of the votes. But nevertheless he remains a «man of the people» and the future of a country and even a continent still lyes on his hands.

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State of Sao Pablo, city of san Bernardo Do Campo, the 29 september 2006, view from the syndicate of workers of steal.

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Portrait of Luisa Maria Di Farias, camarade of Luis Ignacio Lula Da Silva on the first political moment of the president.... (+)

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Campaign Closing of the president of Partido Dos Trabalhadores (Workers Party PT) with the candidate for second mandate Luis Ignacio Lula Da Silva ;in State of Sao Pablo, city of san Bernardo Do Campo, the 28 september 2006.

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Cabomat - Factory of metal and steal, in the State of Sao Pablo, city of san Bernardo Do Campo, the 30 september 2006.

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Vote for the president in State of Sao Pablo, city of Sao Bernardo Do Campo, the 01 October 2006.

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Family of Adesiudo de ze di Figueredo, director of syndicate metal and worker of Cabomat - Factory of metal and steal, in the State of Sao Pablo, city of san Bernardo Do Campo, the 30 september 2006.

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Train station of San Bernardo Do Campo.

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World Social Forum aperture the 26 january of 2005.

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