Federal deputy Rui Falcão (PT-SP) and lawyer Marco Aurélio de Carvalho filed an application with the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) on Wednesday (8) to ask for an investigation into the alleged use of illicit resources – “public, private or foreign ” – in organizing the anti-democratic protests that supported President Jair Bolsonaro (non-party) on 7 September.
“From what has been seen in recent days, this militancy was stimulated by the use of financial resources from different sources, making it clear, with this, that large amounts of financial resources, often in cash, pass through the hands of the high chiefs of pocketbookism” , says the document.
The signatories point out that such values “are outside any official control or accounting and that they are even used to remunerate supporters and voters”.
The document mentions a video posted on the Youtube channel Meteor Brazil which shows scenes of distribution of shirts and R$ 100 bills inside a bus for participants of the Pocketnarista agenda on Tuesday (7) in the streets.
The group portrayed in the images is called “Jato de Pompeia and Mishimura”, as mentioned in the channel’s video.
The document filed by the PT members at the TSE cites the possible use of agribusiness resources, funds collected via pix and even cryptocurrency to finance the acts.
Information disclosed by Folha de São Paulo on this Wednesday (8), they register, for example, that among the supporters of the caravans that went to Brasília this week are agribusiness companies from the states of Goiás, Santa Catarina and São Paulo.
The newspaper caught the identification of the vehicles that gathered on the Esplanada dos Ministérios to transport the demonstrators.
The group harassed military police and press professionals, in addition to having reinforced the chorus for authoritarian agendas linked to the Pocketnarista mass, who took to the streets especially to attack the Legislative and Judiciary Powers.
A complaint made by the portal UOL last Sunday (5) showed that groups of supporters of the president use at least nine bank accounts to finance the acts in question.
Last Monday (6), a decision by Minister Alexandre de Moraes, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), came to light, determining the Central Bank to block the accounts of the National Association of Soy Producers (Aprosoja) and the Association of Soy Producers Soybeans from Mato Grosso (Aprosoja-MT).
The decision met a request from the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), which pointed to the role of Antônio Galvan, current president of Aprosoja and former president of Aprosoja-MT, in financing the demonstrations scheduled for Tuesday even after he became investigated because of the acts.
The cost of the protests has been monitored by the PGR and the Federal Police.
The PT’s request to the TSE should be added to the inquiry that investigates, within the scope of the Electoral Court, possible abuse of economic and political power and other conduct with the potential to affect the 2022 electoral race, such as corruption, misuse of the media, among others.
The investigation is conducted by the Inspector General of the TSE, Minister Luís Felipe Salomão. The court is currently investigating the use of public funds in attacks carried out by the President of the Republic and his supporters on the electronic voting system, a topic that made Bolsonaro start and feed an institutional crisis between the Executive and Judiciary Branches on a weekly basis.
Edition: Leandro Melito