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Lula: from poverty, to the presidency, to prison

Lula: from poverty, to the presidency, to prison
Lula in the 1980s. Photo: PT/Div.

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...

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