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Brazil: Thousands turn out for Lula ahead of make-or-break appeal01:43

Brazil: Thousands turn out for Lula ahead of make-or-break appeal

Brazil, Porto Alegre
January 24, 2018 at 03:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of people supporting former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva took to the streets of Porto Alegre on Tuesday, as the scandal-hit politician braces himself for Wednesday's court decision.Lula will see three judges decide on his appeal against a nine-and-a-half year corruption and money laundering conviction.If the sentence is upheld, Brazilian law states that Lula should be barred from running in this year's presidential election."This process against Lula is a freak show, it's a tool, it's been used to make a political prosecution, an ugly way of getting rid of him as a candidate for the elections in 2018," said Wadih Damous, a federal congressman.The former president still enjoys wide support in his native Brazil and is leading the polls for October's vote.

Brazil: Thousands turn out for Lula ahead of make-or-break appeal01:43
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Thousands of people supporting former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva took to the streets of Porto Alegre on Tuesday, as the scandal-hit politician braces himself for Wednesday's court decision.Lula will see three judges decide on his appeal against a nine-and-a-half year corruption and money laundering conviction.If the sentence is upheld, Brazilian law states that Lula should be barred from running in this year's presidential election."This process against Lula is a freak show, it's a tool, it's been used to make a political prosecution, an ugly way of getting rid of him as a candidate for the elections in 2018," said Wadih Damous, a federal congressman.The former president still enjoys wide support in his native Brazil and is leading the polls for October's vote.

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