Brazil's -president Lula da Silva is in . He got a 12-year for laundering and corruption. It is a big downfall for him. He still has a lot of . Hours before giving himself to the police, his supporters tried to stop . Hundreds of union workers blocked the to stop his car. However, with the of his bodyguards, he could get past the . This meant there were no with armed police.
Mr da Silva is known as Lula. He was born in but worked his up to become leader of Brazil. He was elected President in 2002 and served from 2003 to 2010. During this , he started social welfare and improved the . He helped out of poverty. This increased his . Barack Obama called him, "the most politician on Earth". When he left the , his approval was 83 per cent.