Thousands of people chanted “Free Lula!” on Sunday outside of the jail where the government is holding former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. These protests come about on the one-year anniversary of his incarceration (Al Jazeera). Meanwhile, other Brazilians were throwing parties in celebration of the government cracking down on corruption. Lula is serving a 12-year sentence on corruption and money laundering convictions (AP).
Many of the protesters insist Lula is innocent and a victim of political persecution (Al Jazeera). This being the first working-class president to be imprisoned now throws the October elections wide open, being as he is leading the opinion polls (Reuters). This may stop Lula from being able to run for re-election. However, the Supreme Court is reviewing its own 2016 ruling that states the condemns could begin serving prison sentences as long as a court upholds their convictions by a first appeal (Reuters).
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