The Fall of a Hero: Lula, Brazil’s Most Popular President, sentenced to nearly ten years in jail following corruption charges

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who served as Brazil’s President 2003-11, has been found guilty on corruption and money-laundering charges with a sentence of nine years and six months in jail. With Lula in the pipeline for an extraordinary return to politics and the overwhelming favourite to win the 2018 Presidential election according to opinion polls, his lawyers and many of his supporters have categorised his conviction as a judicial coup to veto his return.

Advertisements

February 10th

On February 10th 1824 Simón Bolívar became the dictator of Peru. Unlike what we commonly associate with dictators of the 20th and 21st century, Bolívar is considered a hero who fought the imperialist Spanish forces in South America, freeing it’s citizens and helping to create the nation states we see today.