Unions and left-leaning groups have published statements encouraging supporters to commemorate International Human Rights Day on December 10 by demonstrating in support of former President Luiz Inácio “Lula” Da Silva, currently imprisoned for corruption charges. Lula’s sympathizers accuse judicial authorities of having fabricated evidence against him in order to prevent the leader of the Workers’ Party (PT) from running in last October's general elections.
While at the time of writing no specific locations for protests have been published, it is likely that demonstrators will gather outside the federal prison in Curitiba where Lula is currently detained. Furthermore, precedent suggests protesters could potentially gather along Paulista Avenue in São Paulo, and at the Cinelândia central area in Rio de Janeiro. Considering that no specific protest actions have been organized in advance, turnouts are not likely to be large. However, the possibility of unruly behavior among demonstrators cannot be ruled out. Click here to see a map detailing potential focal points for protests.
Those operating or residing in Brazil on December 10 are advised to exercise vigilance and avoid the vicinity of protests.