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  • A demonstrator plays the drum during a protest in support of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 11, 2018.

    A demonstrator plays the drum during a protest in support of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 11, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 11 April 2018

The protest was attended by hundreds of people, including union leaders, senators and officials of the ruling progressive parties in Uruguay.

Hundreds of people gathered today in front of the Brazilian embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay, demanding the freedom of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, supported by the coalition of left-wing governing parties, the Broad Front, and the largest union in the country, the PIT-CNT.

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The protest closed down the street in front of the embassy, in a show of support for Lula, who was imprisoned this past Saturday after the Brazilian Supreme Court denied his first Habeas Corpus.

The Secretary-General of the PIT-CNT, Marcelo Abdala, told EFE that the protest was held to show “solidarity” with the “brothers in Brazil” since they are all together “living moments of continental counter-offense by the powerful ones” and the “dominant classes.”

Abdala said that the goal of the dominant classes is to “end the process of wealth redistribution that had opened” in Latin America.

The protest was attended by hundreds of people, including union leaders, senators and officials of the ruling progressive parties in Uruguay.

Abdala said during a speech at the protest that the impeachment of former Brazilian Workers' Party President Dilma Rousseff was the “first stage” of a “coup,” which is now being followed by a phase of “judicial violence” that has condemned Lula “without evidence or crime.”

“Evidently, they have taken away from the Brazilian people the possibility of freely choosing, because they take away the most important candidate. For us, this is very serious,” the union leader added.

Protesters plan on beginning a campaign of support for Lula, looking to gather signatures rejecting his imprisonment.

Lula was condemned to 12 years of prison for supposed corruption, and the denial of his Habeas Corpus petition to remain free while he exhausts appeals places his candidacy in next October's elections in danger.

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