Judge Paulo Rangel, of the 3rd Criminal Chamber of the Court of Justice of the State of Rio de Janeiro (TJ-RJ), granted an injunction last Wednesday (29) to revoke the “vaccination passport”, a measure that prevented access to public and private places without a vaccination card in the capital.
On the last 22nd, judge Paulo Rangel had already granted another injunction suspending the “vaccine passport” of Maricá, in the metropolitan region. The judge did not take into account in the decisions, however, that measures such as lockdown and quarantine are provided for by law and the Federal Supreme Court (STF) has reinforced their constitutionality in judgments.
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“I’ve said it on another occasion and I repeat it here. The decree divides society into two types: the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, preventing the unvaccinated from circulating freely in the places it cites in the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro with serious violations of freedom of movement”, wrote the magistrate in the injunction.
In the decision, the judge still calls the municipal decree a “sanitary dictatorship” and states that the vaccination card “is an act that stigmatizes people, creating a derogatory brand and preventing them from circulating freely on the streets, with a clear objective of social control ”.
He also compares the vaccine passport with the marking of slaves and cattle in the past and quotes Hitler. “Another who knew well to instill in the people the fear of enemies was Hitler, who, through Nazi propaganda, instilled in the population the fear of Jews and Gypsies. It was necessary to annihilate them in order to defend themselves”, transcribed the judge transcribed an excerpt from a book in your decision.
The mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes (PSD), used his account on Twitter to refute the judge’s decision this Thursday morning (30). In the post, he ironizes that other established rules and laws are not also questioned.
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“Sometimes I wonder how some people can accept that smoking is banned in the office, mall, subway… and also accept that the use of seat belts is mandatory! Do these people not feel restricted in their individual freedoms? Just to reflect….”, said the mayor.
To the portal G1, the municipal secretary of Health of Rio, Daniel Soranz, also criticized the injunction. “A decision like that is regrettable. It has no foundation, no clinical issue. It does not take into account the pandemic moment that we are experiencing and the importance of the vaccine”, he declared.
After the decision, the Attorney General of the Municipality (PGM) informed that it will file an appeal. Until then, the “vaccine passport” will no longer be required in the capital.
Since last September 15th, it is necessary to prove having been vaccinated against covid-19 in order to attend establishments and places of collective use in the city of Rio, such as cinemas, theaters and gyms. The suspension of the passport had already been analyzed two weeks ago by the TJ-RJ, but the suspension request was denied at the time.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Mariana Pitasse