Brazil's Lula rallies support as prison looms

Brazil's Lula rallies support as prison looms

A Brazilian court rejected former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's appeal on Monday, upholding the twelve years and a month conviction determined in January.

The incident occurred as the convoy was traveling between towns in southern Brazil as part of a campaign tour for Lula, who is trying to make a comeback in the October 7 presidential election. "Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's assassination attempt is unacceptable, and we reveal the escalation of tensions in Brazilian policy", she wrote on Twitter. "They (country's elite) hope I will be arrested, thinking that they will shut me up", said Lula during a rally in the state of Santa Catarina over the weekend.

Police stood by as opposition forces from extreme right groups attacked Lula's supporters during what was meant to be a peaceful demonstration, the PT said in an interview with Fato Brazil.

The protesters burned tires, hurled rocks, and used vehicles in an attempt to block the caravan from proceeding along its scheduled path which eventually lead to Lula and his supporters cancelling the visit to the city of Passo Fundo after local law enforcement officials failed to guarantee their safety.

The alleged shooting came two days after Lula and his entourage were pelted with eggs and stones while on a campaign stop.

A Federal Court in Brazil rejected another appeal by the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to overturn his conviction on corruption charges, and the resulting prison sentence of just over 12 years. The former leader, however, can not be jailed until April 4th due to an injunction set forth by the country's Supreme Court last week.

The former president also faces six other corruption cases.

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