Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner met with former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for an hour and a half at the Lula Institute in the São Paulo district of Ipiranga. Both political leaders discussed the situation of their countries and the region, according to a statement from the LI.
Cristina's delegation also featured Victory Front (FpV) deputies Diana Conti, Cristina Alvarez Rodriguez, Juliana Di Tullio and Teresita García and two mayors of districts within the province of Buenos Aires: Ariel Sujarchuk (Escobar) and Verónica Magario (La Matanza).
During the interview, the former Argentine president gave Lula Da Silva a photo of the alleged social leader Milagro Sala to whom the Kirchner administration was instrumental in the supply of national funds to build homes for the needy who then had to express their tankfulness to the Tupac Amaru social organization in the form of votes for the FpV candidates and mandatory participation in rallies. Failure to pay back could or being affiliated to a different political party could result in the loss of the property.
Sala is currently under preventive arrest pending trial for mishandling of funds and other crimes. Prosecutors maintain that if she is set free given her financial and paramilitary strength she might intimidate witnesses. In spite of that, international organizations such aas the United Nations and the Organization of American States have been lobbied into believing Sala is a mere victim and called for her release.
Cristina then met with former Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff at Casa de Portugal, also in São Paulo, where they offered a seminar open to the press on the advance of neoliberalism in Latin America.