(Opinion) Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is looking to redefine Independence Day and will celebrate his initial national celebration today.
This day used to be a big deal for Jair Bolsonaro, the former leader.
In recent years, Bolsonaro drew large crowds on this day. People gathered to protest the Supreme Court and seek freedom from elite rule.
Lula, however, aims to change the narrative. He wants to detach the day from Bolsonaro’s freedom-themed rallies.
The government will also use Brazil’s colors, green and yellow, to make a point.
Lula seeks better relations with the Armed Forces. Some see these forces as aligned with right-wing groups.
Lula aims to show the military serves all citizens.
The parade in Brasília will be smaller this year. Fewer soldiers and a smaller audience are expected.
This change is linked to Lula’s struggle to attract big crowds like Bolsonaro did.
Lula announced a theme: “Democracy, Sovereignty, and Unity.” The celebration will last two hours. Lula will be there but won’t speak.
Lula recently talked about his eight-month track record. However, he skipped over some topics.
These include his approach to democracy and his handling of domestic issues.
To secure the event, many agencies are involved. These include federal and local groups that will coordinate efforts for a safe gathering.
Lula has criticized the Armed Forces for dominating past Independence Day events. However, he is working to mend this relationship.
The Armed Forces will have a role in the parade.
Lula’s administration is looking to redefine Independence Day. They aim for it to align more with their policies, despite expecting fewer attendees.