They rally around him. Though it has little to do with him and more to do with proving a point: their side is right, the other side is wrong and mean and oppressive and — cranking up the volume on the social-media outrage machine — fascists suffering from all sorts of social phobias.
Ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is merely a symbol. He symbolizes the notion that those on the political left are society’s biggest victims. Only, Brazil’s new left are not the downtrodden, the illiterate, and the old. They are the well-educated and well-traveled. Like climate change will destroy the world in 12 years, they have no time to play nice. They must fight. They must resist.