Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s firebrand former president, told a weekend meeting of trade unionists that the country’s political left was suffering from “persecution”.
Unnamed “elitists” were jealous of the achievements of his left-leaning ruling Workers’ party (PT) in raising the living standards of the poor, he said.
“What we see on the television looks like the Nazis criminalising the Jewish people,” he said. Mr Lula da Silva was right about one thing — the PT-led ruling coalition is under pressure as never before. But rather than Nazis, the “persecutors” are Brazil’s increasingly proactive and independent federal police, public prosecutors and judges.