On Saturday, April 7, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva began serving a 12-year-one-month prison sentence. It was not, however, the first time that Lula was arrested. He was already incarcerated in 1980, although the circumstances couldn’t be more different.
Thirty-eight years ago, he was a union leader that commanded a massive strike that lasted 17 days. He was considered an enemy of the military dictatorship, and arrested upon the orders of the generals. Now, Lula is a convicted felon, found guilty of corruption and money laundering.
Just a few years ago, Lula was approved by 80 percent of Brazilians – both rich and poor, intellectuals and those without formal education. He epitomized what many believed a leader should be. “The man,” as Barack Obama once called him.
What a turn of events.