In Brazil, balloon of former president da Silva provokes ire

John Lyons – The Wall Street Journal, 10/5/2015

A new figure looms over Brazil’s already volatile politics, stirring controversy wherever it goes: A 50-foot-tall balloon depicting Brazil’s former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in a striped jailhouse uniform, complete with ankle ball-and-chain.

The balloon, recognizable as Brazil’s best-known politician because of its big belly and gray beard, first appeared at a mass demonstration in mid-August. Overnight, it became a national mascot for protesters seeking to oust leftist President Dilma Rousseff, a da Silva protégé.

The inflatable likeness is a regular at marches, on newspaper front pages and in late-night comedy skits.

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