The Latest: Brazilians protest as Lula's arrest looms

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The Latest: Brazilians protest as Lula's arrest looms
Supporters of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, with signs that read in Portuguese "No to prison for Lula," gather outside the Metallurgic Union headquarters after an arrest warrant for da Silva was issued, in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, Thursday, April 5, 2018. The warrant came after the country’s top court denied da Silva's request to stay out of prison while he appealed a corruption conviction that he contends was simply a way to keep him off the ballot ahead of October's elections. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil (AP) — The Latest on the looming arrest of Brazil’s ex-President “Lula” (all times local):

2:36 p.m.

Demonstrators for and against the arrest of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva are taking to the streets across Brazil.

Da Silva has a 5 p.m. Friday deadline to turn himself into authorities after a federal judge issued an arrest order to begin serving a sentence of 12 years and one month for a corruption conviction.

The Globo television network’s G1 internet portal said demonstrators took to the streets in more than a dozen Brazilian states Friday to show their support for the former leader.

G1 said detractors traded insults with supporters of “Lula” in the political capital of Brasilia. Police also seized knifes and sticks.

Da Silva left office with high approval ratings and remains popular among many Brazilians. He had hunkered down at a metallurgical union hours before he was supposed to show up at a jail in the city of Curitiba.