Brazil: Lula's refusal for arrest sparks protests in Curitiba

After former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva refused to give himself in to the police, protests both against and in his favour erupted in Curitiba on Friday, where he was supposed to be jailed. In the city centre pro-Lula supporters and member of Lula's party, the Worker's Party (PT), staged a rally against the incarceration and in his favour, whilst opponents of Lula gathered in... Еще front of Curitiba's police HQ, where Lula was supposed to be detained. Lula defied Judge Sergio Moro’s order to report to prison on Friday afternoon in Curitiba, setting up a showdown with authorities and triggering demonstrations around the country both for and against him. Instead, Lula remained in his hometown of Sao Bernardo do Campo, in the Sao Paulo metropolitan area, allegedly in the headquarters of the steelworkers’ union. Lula was sentenced to a 12-year jail term for corruption and money laundering in a case known as Operation Car Wash. He was convicted of receiving bribes. He now needs to overturn the ruling before Brazilian presidential candidates are officially announced in August as a conviction would sink his election ambitions, but he will remain in jail until such a ruling is confirmed.

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