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Ex-Brazilian President Lula 'Bolsonaro Is Setting the Whole Country on Fire'

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former Brazilian President Lula da Silva discusses the loneliness of his prison term, the U.S. influence on Brazil and the threats he says are posed by the country's current leader, Jair Bolsonaro.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva during his interview with DER SPIEGEL.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva during his interview with DER SPIEGEL.

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Lula at a 2016 protest: "I was convicted in the first instance without the presentation of a single piece of evidence."

Lula at a 2016 protest: "I was convicted in the first instance without the presentation of a single piece of evidence."

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Lula supporters demonstrated in April in front of the police headquarters in the city of Curitiba where he is being held.

Lula supporters demonstrated in April in front of the police headquarters in the city of Curitiba where he is being held.

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Of current Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro, Lula says: "This man is a danger to Brazil. He's destroying everything we have built."

Of current Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro, Lula says: "This man is a danger to Brazil. He's destroying everything we have built."

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