Article: How the Petrobras Scandal Ensnared Lula—and Upturned Brazilian Politics
March 16, 2016
The former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was hailed as a savior of his country. But he now finds himself caught in a scandal
It was a story so inspiring, they made it into a movie. The 2009 film Lula: Son of Brazil showed the ascent of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from a humble upbringing to the presidency. The seventh son of illiterate farm laborers from Brazil’s poor northeast, he and his family joined a wave of migration to São Paulo. As a child he worked as a dockhand and shoeshine boy before training as a metal worker.
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