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Rival protesters clash over Lula's detention

Friday, March 04, 2016 - 00:40

Rival protesters clash with police outside the home of Brazil's ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after he was detained for questioning in an anti-graft probe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Groups of rival protesters clashed on Friday (March 4) outside the home of Brazil's ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva following his detention for questioning in an anti-graft probe, underscoring the deep political passions surrounding the former leader. Clad in red shirts, Lula's supporters exchanged chants, insults and even blows with his detractors in the street outside his home in Sao Paulo state. Police officers beat back some protesters with batons. Some said the authorities had been too slow in targeting the former leftist leader. Brazil's federal police detained Lula for questioning on Friday in an investigation of a bribery and money laundering scheme that they said had financed campaigns and expenses of the ruling Workers Party. Police said they had evidence that Lula received illicit benefits from kickbacks at state oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA in the form of payments and luxury real estate. His detention, part of a sweeping investigation that has ensnared powerful lawmakers and business executives, tarnishes the legacy of Brazil's most powerful politician and the tactics that his left-leaning Workers' Party used to consolidate power since rising to power 13 years ago. The evidence against Lula also brings the operation closer to his protegee and successor, President Dilma Rousseff, who is fighting off impeachment and struggling to pull the country out of its worst economic downturn in decades.

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Rival protesters clash over Lula's detention

Friday, March 04, 2016 - 00:40