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Ex-President Lula Ends Caravan Campaign in Southern Brazil in another Day of Protests

03/29/2018 - 10h39

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ANA LUIZA ALBUQUERQUE
WÁLTER NUNES
CATIA SEABRA
FROM CURITIBA

On Wednesday, March 28, Brazil's former president Lula ended his caravan campaign in the south of the country with an event in Curitiba attended by thousands of people - which also had moments of tension.

Along the day, Lula's caravan crossed the city and some people screamed offenses against him. An anti-Lula group of protestors invaded the event, threw eggs and offended his supporters.

The anti-Lula groups screamed "Lula, you are a thief, you belong in jail" and "Hail Sergio Moro," in a reference to the judge responsible for the Lava Jato cases in the first instance in the state of Paraná who sentenced the former president to jail.

Before Lula's speech, Dilma Rousseff, who was president after Lula, lamented the shots against the bus caravan on Tuesday, March 27. "We are currently facing one of the most serious demonstrations of fascism."

The police are investigating the attack; however, they did not disclose any information on who ordered or carried out the attack.

Marlene Bergamo/Folhapress
Brazil's former president in Curitiba
Brazil's former president Lula in Curitiba

Congressman Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), who is likely to run for president this year, was also in Paraná and was received by his supporters in Curitiba. "Lula wanted to transform Brazil into a chicken house. He is now collecting the eggs," he said.

President Michel Temer (MDB) said that the attacks create an atmosphere of instability in the country.

After saying that the members of the PT are reaping what they sowed, Geraldo Alckmin, who will run for president for the PSDB, changed his tone and posted in social networks that all kinds of violence must be condemned.

Translated by THOMAS MUELLO

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