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Brazil: Thousands demonstrate for Lula's freedom after one year in prison

People wave national flags during a demonstration in support of the Lava Jato operation and against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and, on the day marking one year after his arrest, at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo Brazil on April 7, 2019. (AFP)

Supporters of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gathered in Curitiba to demand his freedom on Sunday, marking one year since the ex-president was detained.

Supporters of Brazilian former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva take part in a demo marking one year of his arrest, at Paulista Avenue, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 07, 2019.  (AFP)

"I lived under a military dictatorship in the 60s and I know what misery is. Lula took the people out of misery, Lula gave education and housing to everyone," said Lucia, a protester.

Lula was imprisoned over charges of corruption and money laundering.

Lula denied all charges against him, claiming they are politically motivated and designed to stop him running for president. He led Brazil between 2003 and 2010.

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