Freed Brazilian ex-President cheered at union headquarters

Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks to supporters after he was released from jail where he was imprisoned on corruption charges...
A supporter of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waves colored smoke bombs in celebration during a rally at the Metal Workers Union ...
Supporters of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wait for him to speak at a rally at the Metal Workers Union headquarters, in Sao Ber...
A woman holds up a doll depicting Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during a rally at the Metal Workers Union headquarters, in Sao B...

Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks to supporters after he was released from jail where he was imprisoned on corruption charges...

A supporter of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waves colored smoke bombs in celebration during a rally at the Metal Workers Union ...

Supporters of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wait for him to speak at a rally at the Metal Workers Union headquarters, in Sao Ber...

A woman holds up a doll depicting Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during a rally at the Metal Workers Union headquarters, in Sao B...

SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has arrived at a union headquarters, a day after being released from prison.

Da Silva was expected to give an address Saturday at the headquarters of the Metalworkers' Union near Sao Paulo.

Da Silva once led the union, which served as the base for his political career.

Thousands of supporters gathered outside the building, many wearing red T-shirts and waving flags. A giant image of the former leader wearing the presidential sash stood in the middle of the crowd.

Da Silva was released from prison Friday after the Supreme Court ruled a person can be imprisoned only after all appeals to higher courts have been exhausted.

Da Silva is still appealing his conviction related to the alleged purchase of a beachfront apartment.