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‘Free Lula!’ – protesters demand at rally in Brazil

People demonstrate calling for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be released from prison, at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 14, 2018. Lula was jailed on corruption charges but remains the leftist Workers' Party candidate for Brazil's October presidential election and an overall favourite in the polls. / AFP / DIEGO HERCULANO
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SAO PAOLO, Brazil – Protesters marched through the streets of Sao Paulo on Tuesday to demand the release of former Brazilian President and 2018 Presidential Candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Protesters marched to the Rede Globo television network where they gathered outside, chanting “Free Lula” and holding a huge banner.

“Lula is not to blame, there is no evidence against Lula that he is involved in Lavajato”, said one demonstrator named Laura Almeida.

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Lula turned himself in to police following a two-day standoff, which saw him taking refuge at the metalworkers’ union headquarters in Sao Paulo in defiance of an arrest warrant.

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.

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.

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