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After the deadline, a lawyer for the former leader said that the man known by many simply as "Lula" will not resist his arrest. Paulo newspaper Friday that Lula will not "go to the slaughterhouse downtrodden" and instead will turn himself in to authorities "out of his free will."Federal judge Sergio Moro, seen by many in Brazil as a crusader against endemic graft, ordered da Silva to turn present himself to police in Curitiba, about 417 kilometres southwest of the Sao Paulo suburb of Sao Bernardo do Campo.

Two sources close to da Silva told The Associated Press that the former leader would not go to Curitiba, but instead was considering either waiting for police at the union or presenting himself in Sao Paulo.

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Like so much in a nation that has become deeply polarized, the fact that da Silva would soon be behind bars was being interpreted differently by supporters and detractors."Brazil scored a goal against impunity and corruption," said congressman Jair Bolsonaro, a right-leaning former army captain who is second in the polls after da Silva."Lula is one of us.

He knows what it is like to have a tough life and loves the poor more than the rich," said Antonio Ferreira dos Santos, a 43-year-old bricklayer who was keeping vigil outside the union.

Workers' Party leaders insist that da Silva, 72, would still be the party's candidate in October.

" said former president Dilma Rousseff, who succeeded da Silva and in 2016 was impeached and ousted from office.

"They fear that Lula would get a favourable decision in [a higher appeals] court.

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