da Silva doesn’t think much of Hunger Strikers

The last time Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva involved himself in matters Irish was sending a message of congratulations to Ahern and Blair on the return of Stormont:

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has sent messages congratulating the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, and the Prime Minister of Ireland, Bertie Ahern, for the commitment of both Heads of Government during the long process of negotiation that culminated in this historic moment, which is both an example and a source of inspiration for other regions in conflict in the world.

Now in an interview with AP while supporting Cuba over the death of Orlando Zapata he has raised the issue of Irish Hunger Strikers and criminality and rejected the legitimacy of a tactic he once engaged in:

“Look, I don’t think a hunger strike can be used as a pretext for human rights to free people. Imagine if all the criminals in Sao Paulo entered into hunger strikes to demand freedom.

We have to respect the decisions of the Cuban legal system and the government to arrest people depending on the laws of Cuba, like I want them to respect Brazil, like I want to respect what the United States does to comply with its laws.

But it’s not just in Cuba that people died from hunger strikes. Everybody knows what happened in Ireland. How many people of the IRA died on hunger strikes? I see many people today criticizing Cuba for causing a death, and they said nothing about the deaths of the IRA. It’s as if it were a normal thing to die in Ireland and not normal for people to die in other countries.

I would like that it hadn’t happened. But I cannot question the reasons why Cuba arrested him just like I don’t want Cuba to question me about people who are arrested in Brazil.”

  • slappymcgroundout

    “We have to respect the decisions of the Cuban legal system….”

    No, we don’t have to respect the decisions of the Cuban legal system.

    He’s an idiot. Read the part in his interview re global warming. Maybe the asshat might want to read this piece by Nemani, et al., in Science:

    http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/300/5625/1560

    So the leftist loon is blissfully unaware that global warming has eased several critical climatic constraints to plant growth, with his part of the world being the primary beneficiary. He isn’t the only loon blissfully unaware of the greening of the earth, but he’s still a loon nonetheless. If anyone has the singular misfortune of speaking with the asshat, kindly tell him for me that plants get their carbon from the CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the air. Why he and the rest of the loons wish to put plants on a diet by limiting CO2 is best left for them to explain, though for a preview, he and they won’t get near the science of it, as they don’t teach that in Intro to Marxism 101.

    Lastly, I will be waiting for someone to peel off his mask. I mean, his last line (or thereabouts) is nearly the exact line spouted by some of our Han Chinese friends every time that we deign to question their judgment. F them and F him too.

    Almost forgot, but tell him also that Sao Paulo is a crime-ridden favela and that I’d rather be in the NI part of the woods, back in the bad old days, wearing a t-shirt with a target and the inscription, I’m Catholic, aim here, on one side, and, F the UVF, on the other…than be in his third world hellhole of a favela.

  • Henry94

    But I cannot question the reasons why Cuba arrested him just like I don’t want Cuba to question me about people who are arrested in Brazil.”

    That’s not the way the world should work is it. That’s a tyrant’s charter.

  • old school

    Henry, have you ever questioned the jailing of even one of the dozens of “dissident” Republicans jailed in the Special Criminal Court solely on the hunch of a Garda Superintendent.
    Guys have been jailed for having alarm clocks in their house, “tiocfaidh ar la” logos on their mobiles, overalls on their farms, or after been seen drinking tea in hotels with other Republicans.
    Cuba and the Free State, and indeed Britain (in the case of Terry Mc Cafferty) can jail people based on hunches and anonymous information. They all claim those jailed are dangerous subversives, and that there are no innocents in jail.
    Why have you singled out only Cuba?

  • Pete Baker

    “How many people of the IRA died on hunger strikes? I see many people today criticizing Cuba for causing a death, and they said nothing about the deaths of the IRA.”

    And vice versa.

    The silence, here, is deafening.

    Although I see the European Parliament voted.

    The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday strongly condemning the “avoidable and cruel” death of Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata and voicing its concern at the “alarming state” of another prisoner, Guillermo Fariñas. MEPs also repeat their call to the Cuban government for the “immediate and unconditional” release of all political prisoners and urge the EU to begin a “structured dialogue” with Cuban civil society.

    Any idea how our local reps voted?

  • Mark McGregor

    Pete,

    Votes here

  • Mark McGregor

    After votes on Amednments – Nicholson for, de Brún against and Dodds abstain.

  • Pete Baker

    Yes, Mark

    I had just worked that out. Although it took me a while to decipher the document.

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  • Paddy

    Reminds me of the Malvinas/Falklands war. Oppose one tyrant (Galtieri) and support another. One feels sorry for these martyrs in Turkey, Cuba etc but the days of doing something seem to be over in this era of David Beckham, Liam Adams and Pete Doherty.

  • So where is the original interview in Portuguese?

    @slappymcgroundout: both the article and Lula are right, but your conclusion isn’t. Once you cut down rainforest for cattle ranching or charcoal, you reduce the productivity / ha. So unless Lula manages to enforce the laws routinely ignored by cattle barons or industrialists or settlers, there will be a decrease in carbon storage, as well as a one-off quick release of CO2 when the trees and creepers are burnt, and organic matter in the soil is broken down in aerobic conditions.

  • damon

    He’s gone down in my estimation.

    ”..and they said nothing about the deaths of the IRA. It’s as if it were a normal thing to die in Ireland and not normal for people to die in other countries.”

    What a stupid thing to say.