This Wednesday (1), Brasil de Fato promotes a live conversation about the pro-government demonstrations scheduled for the next 7th of September.
Broadcasted through social networks, the debate will be attended by political scientist Claudio Couto, professor of Political Science at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV-SP), lawyer Julia Almeida Vasconcelos, Master in Law from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and member of the Nucleus for the Study of Violence (NEV) at USP, researches on the militarization of politics in Brazil and the leader of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), João Paulo Rodrigues.
For the Pocketnaristas, the protest would be a kind of high point in the institutional crisis forced by President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) in recent months. Without a clear central agenda, the calls for the act are divided into themes such as the requirement for a printed vote in the next elections, the “renewal” of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and the return of the military regime.
There are calls from conservative communication channels that also mention more exotic demands, such as the “criminalization of communism” and the creation of a political regime that only allows the existence of two parties.
During an event in Uberlândia (MG), the president stated, “never another opportunity for the Brazilian people has been as important or will be as important as this next September 7th”, but he did not explain what he was referring to.
In the live broadcast this Wednesday, the BdF analyzes Bolsonaro’s strategy by encouraging friction between the powers and institutional chaos in the country, the social, economic and political consequences of this movement and what the demonstrations represent.
Since the first calls, conservative acts have caused controversy. The initial call took place on August 14, when country singer Sérgio Reis published a video on social networks in which he announced the holding of a 72-hour protest “to save Brazil”.
The artist did not objectively explain what the event’s agenda was, but the recording soon spread through the networks with comments that called for “military intervention” and “removal of all STF ministers”.
On the same day that the video was published, Bolsonaro had informed that he was going to take to the Senate a request for the opening of proceedings against Supreme Ministers Alexandre de Moraes and Luís Roberto Barroso. He maintains that he is the target of persecution by the Brazilian judiciary.
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Private audios by Sérgio Reis, which were leaked, also indicate the offensive against the court. The artist claimed that he would go to the Senate with representatives of truck drivers and soy producers to deliver a “summons to approve the printed vote and to remove all ministers from the STF”.
The singer threatened to lead a movement to stop traffic on Brazilian highways. When referring to the ministers of the Supreme, he completed.
“If in 30 days they don’t take those guys out, we’re going to invade, break everything and take the guys out,” he said.
In parallel, publications spread through social networks touting the participation of military police officers in the acts. The material also alluded to anti-democratic agendas, such as the intervention in the STF.
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The calls over the internet led the governor of São Paulo, João Doria (PSDB), to remove the active colonel Aleksander Lacerda from the São Paulo Military Police. In Brasília, the Public Ministry of the Federal District and Territories questioned the command of the PM on the participation of agents in the protests.
Edition: Aline Scátola and Anelize Moreira