By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Amidst heavy security, the appeal hearing of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva started on Wednesday morning in Porto Alegre, with prosecutors and defense lawyers trying to sway the decision of the three judges. Outside the courthouse and in major Brazilian cities, thousands of both supporters and opposition gather to wait for the decision.

On Tuesday demonstrations against and in favor of the former leader were held in several cities of the country. From Avenida Paulista, in São Paulo to Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, hundreds rallied . . .

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