Thousands of Brazilians protest ahead of court ruling on Lula

Thousands of Brazilians protest ahead of court ruling on Lula
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Brasília: Thousands of Brazilians demonstrated in favour of prison for former president and election front runner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on the eve of a Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday on whether he should start serving a 12-year sentence for corruption.
Up to 20,000 people turned out after work in the country’s biggest city, Sao Paulo, as well as a few thousand in Rio de Janeiro and smaller numbers in other cities.
Lula, 72, was sentenced to 12 years and one month in prison after being convicted last year of accepting a seaside apartment as a bribe from a huge construction company seeking government contracts.
He appealed in a lower court, but lost.
Demonstrators protest against former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at Paulista avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 3, 2018.
Demonstrators protest against former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at Paulista avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 3, 2018. (Reuters)
The head of the army, General Eduardo Villas Boas, tweeted that the military shared Brazilians’ “desire for the repudiation of impunity.”
Villas Boas also asked “who is really thinking about the good of the country and future generations and who is only worried about personal interests?”
The protesters demanded that Lula begin his sentence and be barred from the October 7 presidential election in which the veteran leftist is leading in the polls, despite his legal problems.