On Thursday, November 7, the Supreme Federal Court in Brasilia announced it would overturn a rule stating that those convicted of a crime that have ongoing appeals no longer have to serve immediate jail sentences. Supporters of Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a high-profile candidate for release, took to the streets of Brasilia on Thursday to show support for his potential release. Additional related protests are likely in Brasilia and other urban centers over the coming days, as his supporters continue advocating for his release under the new terms.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of any protests.
Individuals in Brazil are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate localized traffic disruptions and a heightened security presence near demonstration sites.
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