Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is in after surrendering to on Saturday night. He was sentenced to spend 12 years behind after being found of money and corruption. It is a huge fall from grace for the still-popular ex-leader. Mr da Silva still has massive support and just before turning himself in to the police, his supporters were trying to stop him from going into custody. Hundreds of supporters from a metal workers' blocked a gate where a car carrying da Silva was trying to leave to meet police officers. It was only with the help of his that he could get through the . This meant possible with armed police were avoided.
Mr da Silva is known as Lula by his supporters. He was born in and rose through the ranks of workers' unions to become leader of South America's largest country. He ran for the presidency times before being elected to in 2002. He governed from 2003 to 2010. During his two administrations, he initiated several social programs and resurrected the economy. This helped tens of out of extreme poverty, which made him very popular. Former U.S. President Barack Obama once called da Silva, "the popular politician on Earth". When he left office, his rating was an impressive 83 per cent. He hopes to overturn his and run for president .