Protesters Gather In Brazil, Demand For Ex-President Lula’s Release

Many supporters of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gathered outside his prison a year after he was convicted of accepting bribes.

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The former president was convicted to nearly 13 years last April over corruption charges.

Da Silva, a two-time president who left office in 2011 with a record-high approval rating, was leading in the polls last year to win another term even after he went to jail. But less than a month before the vote, electoral authorities barred him from running because of the corruption conviction.

His arrest gave room for a far-right candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, who was sworn in on the 1st of Jan 2019.

Da Silva supporters accused the courts and the country’s elites of political persecution to keep him from office.