Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known simply as Lula, surrendered to police on 7 April to begin serving his sentence in a prison in Curitiba. The story had been built up (as anyone who followed the whole matter on the private Brazilian channel GloboNews can easily appreciate) as the final triumph of a biased narrative which was also supposed to lend further legitimacy to the very questionable coup which took place in 2016 and led to the destitution of then President Dilma Rousseff. According to this narrative, Lula’s arrest was the automatic next step in the process. However, the main instigators of this narrative (Globo, the judges in Curitiba, Porto Alegre and the Supreme Court, and the die-hard, centre-right block now holding the levers of power) have erred on the side of presumption.

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