Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is carried by supporters in front of the metallurgic trade union in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, April 7, 2018. (REUTERS/Francisco Proner)

The Arrest of Former Brazilian President Lula: Background and Impact of a Right-Wing Coup

On April 7, 2018 in Brazil Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva was arrested and taken to prison in Curitiba to begin a twelve-year sentence. He was Brazil’s president from October 2002 to January 2011. He was so popular that when he left office in 2011, he had a 90% approval rate. Today, the outlook for Brazil and for Latin America as a whole is highly uncertain.