Brazil: Thousands flood Sao Paolo to demand Lula put behind bars

happens there is no more justice in this country, so I believe we should fight today for this reform, this change, Lula in jail, so that we can transform Brazil into a better country.» Crowds flooded the centre of Sao Paulo on Tuesday to demand the imprisonment of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on the eve of a vital court date. Thousands gathered at Paulista Avenue on... Еще the eve of a decision on Lula's 12-year jail term for corruption and money laundering. People chanted 'Lula in jail', while others staged a performance with a person dressed as Lula sitting behind bars. After the appeal in the lower court failed, Lula hopes to be granted habeas corpus recourse so that he could further appeal the decision in Supreme Tribunal of Justice. «If the Supreme Federal Court grants the habeas corpus to Lula, we will lose the notion of our country, our democracy,» said one of the protesters Sonia Regina. The Supreme Court is due to decide on Wednesday if the defendant will serve a prison sentence directly after the rejection of the first appeal. Lula was linked to a corruption case known as 'Operation Car Wash'. He was convicted for supposedly receiving bribes. The 72-year-old needs to overturn the ruling before Brazilian presidential candidates are officially announced in August as a conviction would sink his election ambitions.

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