Brazil: 'There are millions of Lulas out there' — Lula to supporters at Metalworkers Union

Former Brazilian President Luis Inacio da Silva spoke to his supporters at the Metalworkers' Union headquarters in Sao Bernardo on Saturday, a day after he was meant to surrender himself to prison on Judge Sergio Moro's order. Speaking to the crowd, Lula addressed what he described as attacks from the newspapers, radio, and television in Brazil, claiming, «they don't realise the more they attack... Еще, the bigger my relation with the Brazilian people becomes.» «It is pointless to try to stop me walking around this country, because there are millions of Lulas out there» he added. Lula agreed to turn himself in, but was prevented from doing so by his supporters who reportedly blocked his car from leaving the building. He 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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