By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Thousands gathered in at least 23 cities throughout Brazil on Tuesday to protest against or show support for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose habeas corpus request is being decided by Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Government officials have asked that protesters from both sides remain calm and respect laws during the vote.

"The democratic regime is not a regime of consensus, it is that of dissent, but it is regulated, and it is regulated exactly by the norms and laws that are voted by the representatives . . .

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