Lula defends the role of the Brazilian State in the face of Covid-19
24 de marzo de 2020, 11:46
Brasilia, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva defends on social networks the role that the State should play in the face of the pandemic of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
'Only a strong state is going to take care of the people,' Lula said in a video that circulated on digital platforms, and pointed out that in Brazil 'we demand that the government (of Jair Bolsonaro) gives the people at least a minimum wage.'
Da Silva highlighted the need for a tax reform in the country, which imposes more taxes on the richest, and mentioned state initiatives against the coronavirus in the United States and Europe.
He said that 'for the wealthy, the more privatized the State, the less it has, the better. The State is the only interested in taking care of the people most in need', he said.
Lula advocates state policy measures to overcome the crisis caused by the pandemic and asks for a basic income for informal and precarious workers.
'A strong state will contract as many beds as necessary, make as many investments as necessary so that our researchers can find a vaccine. A weak state does nothing,' he finally stressed.
According to recent data from the Ministry of Health, 34 people have died and 1,891 people are infected in Brazil.
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