Brazil's Lula loses procedural appeals, faces prison
BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Brazilian appeals court rejected on Monday final procedural objections raised by lawyers of former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva against his conviction for corruption, raising the possibility that he will soon be jailed.
However, Lula will not be imprisoned until the country's Supreme Court decides on April 4 whether to accept his request that he be allowed to exhaust his appeals process before landing in jail.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that defendants should begin serving prison sentences after their conviction was upheld on a first appeal. However, several members of the court are pressing to revisit that decision and perhaps reverse it.
Lula, Brazil's first working-class leader, remains the most popular politician in Latin America's biggest nation. He oversaw years of robust growth and falling inequality during a commodity boom last decade, and wants to run again for president.
Whether he is jailed or not, Lula is barred from running due to his conviction for receiving as a bribe a seaside apartment from an entrepreneur awarded government contracts during his presidency.
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Brazil braces for looming arrest of ex-President ‘Lula’
SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil — Latin America’s largest nation prepared for what would have been unimaginable just a few years ago: the arrest of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a once wildly popular leader whose administrations were credited with bringing millions out of poverty in one of the world’s most unequal countries.
Federal judge Sergio Moro, seen by many in Brazil as a crusader against graft, gave da Silva until 5 p.m. local time Friday to turn himself in and begin serving a sentence of 12 years and one month for a corruption conviction.
Moro’s warrant Thursday evening came after Brazil’s top court, the Supreme Federal Tribunal, voted 6-5 to deny a request by the former president to stay out of prison while he appealed a conviction that he contends was simply a way to keep him off the ballot in October’s election. He is the front-running presidential candidate despite his conviction. ...
It’s unclear whether da Silva will present himself in the city of Curitiba, as Moro has ordered, or perhaps instead force police to come and get him.
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Judge orders Brazil's Lula freed on appeal
A Brazilian judge has ordered the release of ex-President Luiz Inacio 'Lula' da Silva.
The judge said the left-wing politician must be released from prison in Curitiba while an appeal process is carried out.
Lula, who led the country from 2003 to 2010, had been sentenced to 12 years and one month in prison for corruption and money laundering. He was jailed after a close vote, with six Supreme Court Justice in favour of jailing him and five against.
He has always proclaimed his innocence, saying the conviction was politically motivated.
Polls conducted before he was jailed in April suggested that Lula was the frontrunner for the presidential elections, which will be held in October.
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Brazil far-right politician enters presidential race
A controversial far-right politician, Jair Bolsonaro, has formally declared that he is running in Brazil's presidential election in October.
The former army officer is currently in second place in the polls behind ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
But Lula is in jail for corruption and is unlikely to be able to run.
Mr Bolsonaro has outraged many in Brazil with racist and homophobic comments. But his backers see him as a saviour in a crime-ridden country.
Mr Bolsonaro is followed by millions of Brazilians on social media, and many refer to him as the "Brazilian Trump".
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also: https://www.sciencealert.com/museum-fir ... collectionBrazil museum fire: ‘incalculable’ loss as 200-year-old Rio institution gutted
The Museu Nacional houses artefacts from Egypt, Greco-Roman art and some of the first fossils found in Brazil
Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
Mon 3 Sep 2018 04.27 BST First published on Mon 3 Sep 2018 03.07 BST
Brazil’s oldest and most important historical and scientific museum has been consumed by fire, and much of its archive of 20 million items is believed to have been destroyed.
The fire at Rio de Janeiro’s 200-year-old National Museum began after it closed to the public on Sunday and raged into the night. There were no reports of injuries, but the loss to Brazilian science, history and culture was incalculable, two of its vice-directors said.
Brazilians mourn museum's priceless collection amid anger at funding cuts
“It was the biggest natural history museum in Latin America. We have invaluable collections. Collections that are over 100 years old,” Cristiana Serejo, one of the museum’s vice directors, told the G1 news site.
Marina Silva, a former environment minister and candidate in October’s presidential elections said the fire was like “a lobotomy of the Brazilian memory”.
Luiz Duarte, another vice-director, told TV Globo: “It is an unbearable catastrophe. It is 200 years of this country’s heritage. It is 200 years of memory. It is 200 years of science. It is 200 years of culture, of education.” TV Globo also reported that some firefighters did not have enough water to battle the blaze.
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Right-wing Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro stabbed while campaigning
BELEM, Brazil — Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, the frontrunner in the country’s October elections, was stabbed in the abdomen during a campaign rally in southeastern Brazil on Thursday, his family said.
He was in stable condition at a local hospital, his son said in message posted to Twitter.
Cellphone footage released by local media showed the candidate sitting on a supporter’s shoulders and waving to the crowd when someone plunged a knife into his abdomen. He was carried by his supporters to a car, clutching his side.
A right-wing former soldier and evangelical, he has topped the polls with an estimated 22 percent of prospective votes, after a judge barred former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from running last week due to corruption charges.
Bolsonaro is running on a tough-on-crime platform and has advocated for looser restrictions on gun ownership in Brazil.
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Demonstrations held against Jair Bolsonaro’s extremist stance ahead of election
The homecoming of Brazil’s far-right presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro from hospital was upstaged this weekend by huge demonstrations as concerns over his authoritarian tendencies grew.
Bolsonaro flew from São Paulo to his home in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, three weeks after being stabbed during campaigning, while tens of thousands of women filled the streets in cities across Brazil to protest against his extremist positions ahead of the 7 October election.
The G1 news site reported anti-Bolsonaro protests in all Brazil’s 27 states grew out of a Facebook group called Women United Against Bolsonaro which nearly 4 million people have joined. Pro-Bolsonaro demonstrations took place in 16 states, the site said. The piauí magazine website called the demonstrations “historic” and printed a photo of an enormous crowd in São Paulo which organisers claimed half a million attended, though police did not provide an estimate. ...
Many demonstrators expressed concerns over Bolsonaro’s declaration in a television interview on Friday that he would not accept any election result he did not win because of his endorsement of the military dictatorship which ran Brazil for two decades.
'Brazil is at war': election plays out amid homicidal violence ...
Cruz was the 296th person to die in Feira de Santana this year and the latest victim of an escalating murder crisis that has arguably made public security the key issue as Brazil holds its most unpredictable presidential election in decades.
Ahead of Sunday’s vote, the country’s uncontrolled violence is fuelling support for the far-right pacemaker Jair Bolsonaro, who has opened up a 10-point lead over his closest rival, the Workers’ party (PT) candidate, Fernando Haddad, with many followers citing security as their main reason for championing the 63-year-old politician.
Many are horrified at the rise of a pro-torture populist notorious for his vicious and incendiary remarks about women, black people, indigenous communities, human rights and Brazil’s LGBT community.
But Latin America’s largest democracy suffered a record 63,880 homicides last year – more than 6,000 of them in the north-eastern state of Bahia, where Feira is located – and Bolsonaro has promised no-nonsense fixes, including loosening gun laws. ...
Twenty-four hours after her teenage neighbour was interred, Farias was preparing to meet an entrepreneur she hoped might bankroll a social project to get young men off the streets and away from drugs. She said she felt so neglected by politicians she would boycott Sunday’s election. ...
“I don’t see any real proposals … [so] what’s the point in exercising my right as a citizen?” she wondered, before adding: “Even if my own father was a candidate, I wouldn’t vote for him.”
Brazil’s far-right candidate falls short of election stunner
SAO PAULO — A far-right former army captain who expresses nostalgia for Brazil’s military dictatorship won the first round of its presidential election by a surprisingly large margin Sunday but fell just short of getting enough votes to avoid a second-round runoff against a leftist rival.
Jair Bolsonaro, whose last-minute surge almost gave him an electoral stunner, had 46.7 percent compared to 28.5 percent for former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad, Brazil’s Superior Electoral Tribunal said after all the votes were counted. He needed over 50 percent support to win outright.
Polls predicted Bolsonaro would come out in front on Sunday, but he far outperformed expectations, blazing past competitors with more financing, institutional backing of parties and free air time on television. Despite the sizable victory, polls show the two candidates are neck-and-neck for the Oct. 28 runoff, and much could shift in the coming weeks.
Ultimately, Bolsonaro’s strong showing reflects a yearning for the past as much as a sign of the future. The candidate from the tiny Social and Liberal Party made savvy use of Twitter and Facebook to spread his message that only he could end the corruption, crime and economic malaise that has seized Brazil in recent years — and bring back the good old days and traditional values. ...
This election was seen as the great hope for ending a turbulent era in which many politicians and business executives were jailed on corruption charges, a president was impeached and removed from office in controversial proceedings, and the region’s largest economy suffered a protracted recession.
'Flowering of hate': bitter election brings wave of political violence to Brazil
The two contenders in Brazil’s bitterly contested presidential race have urged calm after a wave of attacks on journalists, activists and members of the LGBT community by supporters of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro including beatings, a knife attack and a murder.
Supporters of the former paratrooper – himself the victim of an assassination attempt last month – have also reportedly been targeted with violence.
But an investigation by independent journalism group Agência Publica found that an overwhelming majority of the violence was committed by supporters of Bolsonaro, who polls give a 16-point lead over his leftist opponent, Fernando Haddad, ahead of the second-round runoff on 28 October.
Agência Pública said bolsonaristas were behind 50 separate attacks since 30 September. In the same period, six Bolsonaro supporters were assaulted, the report found.
“There is a flowering of hate that I have never seen before,” said a reporter who was attacked by Bolsonaro supporters in the north-eastern city of Recife. “I am frightened because it could be anyone now.”
Voter frustration over spiraling violence and eye-watering corruption – as well as an explosion of inflammatory fake news – mean an unusually toxic atmosphere has enveloped this year’s election.