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Freed From Jail, Lula’s Ready to Fight in Latin America

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Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, on Nov. 9.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, on Nov. 9.Photographer: Rodrigo Capote/Bloomberg
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Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has pledged to travel around Latin America, offering support for leftist leaders at a moment when the region is engulfed by growing political turmoil.

“I’m finally free and willing to fight,” Lula said in a video message that was broadcast at the Puebla Group’s meeting in Buenos Aires on Saturday. “I’m willing to walk across Brazil and travel around Latin America,” said the 74-year-old politician, who walked out of jail on Friday following a top court decision that reversed rules for imprisoning convicts.