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‘Latin American elites don’t want democracy’ says Correa in Lula exclusive *EXCLUSIVE* *PARTNER CONTENT*12:25

‘Latin American elites don’t want democracy’ says Correa in Lula exclusive *EXCLUSIVE* *PARTNER CONTENT*

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March 30, 2018 at 02:56 GMT -00:00 · Published

The former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa and Brazil’s Luis Inacio Lula da Silva discussed the historic and political issues that face Latin America and its difficult relation with the US during an interview broadcast on RT on Thursday.

Correa praised Lula’s work during his eight-year rule, and asked him about his political persecution due to corruption scandals. “Corruption has always been a tool used by the right forces to attack the left”, said Lula.

Correa added that “one of the reasons for the backwardness of Latin America are the elites, who subordinated all others to themselves. These elites are satisfied with democracy, as long as the state of things advantageous to them persists. As soon as something starts to change, all means are good to end this democracy”.

The former Presidents also spoke about the role of the US in its relationship with Latin America. “The US is not interested in a strong and independent Latin America, and it is even more unprofitable for such a large country as Brazil to influence decisions taken in Latin America,” said Lula.

“So now, I think, we need to use all the bad things that happened in Brazil to better politicize the Brazilian society," concluded the Brazilian leader.

Lula is currently barred from running due to a corruption conviction.

‘Latin American elites don’t want democracy’ says Correa in Lula exclusive *EXCLUSIVE* *PARTNER CONTENT*12:25
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The former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa and Brazil’s Luis Inacio Lula da Silva discussed the historic and political issues that face Latin America and its difficult relation with the US during an interview broadcast on RT on Thursday.

Correa praised Lula’s work during his eight-year rule, and asked him about his political persecution due to corruption scandals. “Corruption has always been a tool used by the right forces to attack the left”, said Lula.

Correa added that “one of the reasons for the backwardness of Latin America are the elites, who subordinated all others to themselves. These elites are satisfied with democracy, as long as the state of things advantageous to them persists. As soon as something starts to change, all means are good to end this democracy”.

The former Presidents also spoke about the role of the US in its relationship with Latin America. “The US is not interested in a strong and independent Latin America, and it is even more unprofitable for such a large country as Brazil to influence decisions taken in Latin America,” said Lula.

“So now, I think, we need to use all the bad things that happened in Brazil to better politicize the Brazilian society," concluded the Brazilian leader.

Lula is currently barred from running due to a corruption conviction.

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