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Portugal's far-right lawmakers oppose Lula's speech

Far-right lawmakers in Lisbon protested a speech in parliament by visiting Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, holding up Ukrainian flags and placards reading: "The thief's country is in prison" and "Enough with corruption".

Lula was speaking in parliament on the day Portugal commemorates 49 years since the 1974 Carnation Revolution, when young army officers overthrew a four-decade right-wing dictatorship.

The almost bloodless coup brought what to the Portuguese were novelties - the right to vote, universal health care, public education, old-age pensions and labor rights.

Protesters held their placards as the rest of Parliament applauded Lula during his speech.

The president of the parliament, Augusto Santos Silva, intervened, clearly irritated, saying that the deputy's desire to stay in the room should be polite and polite.

During his first joint press conference with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Lula avoided controversy over his recent comments about Western military aid fueling the Ukraine-Russia conflict.