Chile: Demonstrators in Santiago show support for former Brazilian pres. Lula

Chileans and Brazilians living in Chile congregated in Santiago on Friday in support of former Brazilian President Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva. Footage shows the protesters as they waved flags and chanted on the streets. One demonstrator, Gregorio Mondaca, said «If Lula is free, he will be the president, if they kill Lula, he will be a martyr, but Lula is already a hero for all of us, Viva Lula... Еще.» The Supreme Court of Brazil confirmed that 72-year-old Lula will serve a prison sentence directly after the rejection of his first appeal by a vote of 6:5 and he has been ordered to hand himself into the authorities. 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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