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‘Bolsonaro wants social upheaval to lead to a rift’



'Bolsonaro wants social upheaval to lead to a rift'

The assassination of PT treasurer and municipal guard Marcelo Aloisio de Arruda in Foz do Iguacu (PR) this Sunday (10) by a Bolsonarist prison guard sent a shock wave through the non-presidential political class and raised fears of more episodes. y election campaign violence, during which several incidents and moments of tension have already been recorded.

In recent weeks, the events of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva have already come under attack. In one of them, a drone released a foul-smelling liquid against PT supporters in Uberland (MG). In another case, a pipe bomb was detonated by Lula in Rio de Janeiro. Abreu’s killer, criminal police officer Jorge José da Rocha Guaragno, accurately reproduced Bolsonarist’s primer online,

Last week, the Observatory for Monitoring Electoral Risks in Brazil (Demos), an organization of more than 30 experts from various fields, condemned Jair Bolsonaro’s attacks on institutions, including the judiciary, in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. , press and political movements, social.

In an interview with DW Brasil, lawyer Emilio Peluso Meyer, a member of the Demos Executive Committee and professor of constitutional law at UFMG, states that there is a connection between Bolsonaro’s speech, which incites supporters to commit acts of violence against opponents, and plans for an institutional break.

In addition, Meyer says the current president could be held accountable for escalating political violence and that the risk of a terrorist attack on former President Lulu needs to be taken seriously.

DW Brasil: The escalation of political violence in Brazil this Sunday had another chapter linked to Bolsonarist’s assassination of Marcelo Arruda, PT’s municipal treasurer. How does political violence intertwine with the working methods of the Bolsonaro government?

Emilio Peluso Meyer: We see a pattern in Bolsonaro’s government, in presidential rhetoric, a lot of understanding of the political process, as if it were a process in which a political dissident or a political oppositionist should be eliminated from the political process.

This type of discourse not only focuses on the meaning of withdrawing the opposition, the left, or any other enemy from the political process, but also operates in such a way that, in the end, suppression actually turns into physical suppression. .

Suffice it to recall the President’s speech in October 2018, in which he said that he should take the members of the Workers’ Party “to the edge of the beach”, alluding to the term dictatorship, which referred to the place for which the bodies of political dissidents were taken and liquidated by the repressive system.

When this rhetoric is repeated, it will have a political effect, which we will see in the rise of political violence.

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When this is conveyed by a public figure who holds the office of President of the Republic, the ability of a person to receive this information and think that he needs to put this information into practice is much higher. It takes on the contours of seriousness, something that can or must definitely happen, as it did this Sunday.

Can President Jair Bolsonaro be directly responsible for these incidents of violence?

Speaking in the broadest sense, about moral responsibility, the president actually sets fire to his supporters for the practical elimination of a political opponent.

He is a president who has been working all the time to create, through decrees, the possibility of widespread access to weapons in Brazil.

And this access allows a person who is constantly being pressured to think that politics should be enforced, that he should act when he feels attacked or insulted, because, for example, someone decided to celebrate his birthday with a photo of an ex. President Lula.

This attitude on the part of Bolsonaro gives at least a moral responsibility. But we need to be able to think about political accountability, but in a Chamber of Deputies dominated by Centrão and the logic of a secret budget, this is not possible until the end of this year.

Last week, Japanese candidate and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was killed in an attack. What are the risks of something of this magnitude happening in the Brazilian elections? Lula, who is usually the biggest target for boleronists, is there any risk?

Be sure to run. If President Bolsonaro himself, the candidate in 2018, has become someone vulnerable to political attack, much more is a target for someone like Lula.

Just think that the former president had a huge impact on the political history of Brazil for at least 40 years, reaching the end of the dictatorship, with the trade union movement that was fundamental to the fall of this regime. It is imperative that the former president and the Workers’ Party take every precaution and strive to ensure or maintain his integrity and security, at least until the end of this electoral process.

You mentioned the blow dealt by Bolsonaro in 2018. Is there any difference between this attack and the attacks on the PT in recent weeks? Or is it all part of a political war?

The Brazilian case has always been an example of widespread social and political instability that has affected and continues to affect several segments of the population, but today is reaching a higher level. It was already in place during the 20th century, but perhaps the transition from 1987 to 1988 that gave birth to the Federal Constitution tried to bring the water to a boil with conciliations, some of them even at bad tack for the political process as a whole. .

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But it did cause political violence at the federal level to cool down for a while. In the 1990s and 2000s, we didn’t have that kind of anxiety.

Perhaps since 2014, Operation Car Wash, with the idea that political corruption needs to be dealt with immediately and permanently, has created the conditions for this more violent discourse to gain more space in the political arena. So this discourse starts to take a central role in the course of Brazilian politics and you have something like the attack on Bolsonaro in 2018. Stabbing needs to be taken seriously because it is a situation of political violence.

The consequence of this is that you will have a serious increase in how you react to it. In other words, according to Bolsonarist’s reasoning, if the president has already been stabbed, is it possible for his supporters to resort to violence? His speech rings true.

Bolsonaro again cited a stab wound this Sunday. He said that he does not support people who commit acts of violence against opponents, but then he himself turned to attacks on the left, claiming that he was responsible for the violent episodes. How do you view this position?

Bolsonarism, as a political movement, usually blames opponents for the actions it usually takes. This is a fundamental point.

I am not saying that militants or members of the PT have not presented themselves in the past as the only possible political option. This may have happened, but is not the determining factor in creating this polarization leading to the practice of acts of violence.

You have not seen such rhetoric intensified by former President Lula or former President Dilma Rousseff. I think it’s kind of a fragile accusation, but it’s part of the construction of some ghosts, justifications for what happened recently.

In fact, we have noticed that this polarization has settled into an unbearable level, and I don’t know if it makes sense for the current process to try to find its seed. Today it makes sense to understand who are the people who consider it important that violence be shaped in Brazilian politics. That’s the problem.

And I do not see in the wide Brazilian political spectrum of more than 30 parties that it does not come from the president himself and his inner circle. And then, with a certain tolerance on the part of institutions such as the Armed Forces themselves, which also do not seek to dissociate themselves from this kind of discourse.

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Will this physical violence be the first step towards Bolsonaro’s institutional upheaval? Is it a direct link?

Connection is key. It is straightforward in the following sense: what does the President of the Republic need to make a more radical decision or feel justified in making a decision such as a decree on a state of defense or a state of siege?

What the president wants is social upheaval, to be justified in making a radical decision because he is not in control of what is happening in the country. It cannot be said that the president wants or desires what happened this Sunday. I don’t think this is something you can see in your direct action.

But the implication of such facts is that you have a much more heated political scenario, which can put pressure on or create conditions for the president to make a decision that will lead to institutional collapse.

Political discourse is ignited, access to weapons in the country is promised and expanded, political action is ignited by the military and security forces (military, civilian, traffic, federal police). Then all this context of repeated amplification of what could become political chaos is created. For what?

It has only one goal: a constitutional break. And we don’t imagine too much. The president wants it, wants it. He doesn’t want any other alternative.

And what would be the way out to avoid an institutional break?

I hope this Sunday’s unfortunate event will cause political damage to the President of the Republic and to those who are physically supporting this type of violence. The key is that the authorities, in a variety of capacities, are thwarting this attempt to find conciliatory solutions to sentiments of widespread violence that must be effectively rejected.

I think that the Presidents of the House and the Senate have a fundamental role to play, which unfortunately are omitted in several of these cases, I think that the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) and the Federal Supreme Court (STF) have taken a tougher stance in this aspect.

And then it is important that the population realizes that criticizing the Supreme Court and the TSE is exactly what the president wants – all these institutions have limitations, they have problems, but they are necessary for the functioning of democracy in Brazil.

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The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario



The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario

Yesterday, financial agents evaluated the opposite decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) regarding the so-called secret budget. In addition, a decision was made by STF Minister Gilmar Méndez to issue an injunction that would exclude the Bolsa Família from the spending cap rule, with investors trying to understand how this measure would affect the processing of the transitional PEC in the Chamber of Deputies. Oh this PEC!!!!

Since he is an exchange investor, any reading that the budget will be exceeded or become more flexible will negatively affect the exchange market, whether through the PEC or in any other way. We will continue with volatility today.

Looking beyond, the US Central Bank (Fed), although slowing down the pace of monetary tightening at its December meeting, issued a tougher-than-expected statement warning that its fight against inflation was not yet over, raising fears that rising US interest rates will push the world’s largest economy into recession.

The currency market continues to react to political news. The voting on the PEC is saved for today. It is expected that it will indeed be reviewed to open the way tomorrow for discussions on the 2023 budget.

Yesterday, the spot price closed the selling day at R$5.3103.

For today on the calendar we will have an index of consumer confidence in the eurozone. Good luck and good luck in business!!

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Andrés Sánchez consults with the Ministry of Sports, but refuses a political post.



The former president of the Corinthians dreams of working for the CBF as a national team coordinator. He was consulted shortly after Lula’s election.

Former Corinthians president Andrés Sánchez was advised to take a position in the Ministry of Sports under the administration of Lula (PT). However, he ruled out a return to politics. dreams of taking over the coordination of CBF selectionHow do you know PURPOSE.

No formal invitation was made to the former Corinthian representative, only a consultation on a portfolio opportunity with the new federal government, which will be sworn in on January 1, 2023.

Andrés was the Federal MP for São Paulo from 2015 to 2019. At that time he was elected by the Workers’ Party. However, the football manager begs to stay in the sport, ruling out the possibility of getting involved in politics again.

Andrés Sanchez’s desire is to fill the position of CBF tackle coordinator, which should become vacant after the 2022 World Cup. Juninho Paulista fulfills this function in Brazil’s top football institution.

The former president of Corinthians was in Qatar to follow the World Cup along with other figures in Brazilian football. During his time in the country, he strengthened his ties with the top leadership of the CBF.

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The EU has reached a political agreement on limiting gas prices – 19.12.2022



Germany sentenced Russian to life imprisonment for political murder by order of Moscow - 12/15/2021
BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 (ANSA). European Union countries reached a political agreement on Monday (19) to impose a natural gas price ceiling of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The main sources of income for Russia and the minimization of the use of energy as a weapon by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was approved by a supermajority at a ministerial meeting of member states in Brussels, Belgium, after months of discussions about the best way to contain the rise in natural gas prices in the bloc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The value set by the countries is well below the proposal made by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, in November: 275 EUR/MWh. However, the countries leading the cap campaign were in favor of an even lower limit, around 100 EUR/MWh.

Germany, always wary of price controls, voted in favor of 180 euros, while Austria and the Netherlands, also skeptical of the cap, abstained. Hungary, the most pro-Russian country in the EU, voted against.

The instrument will enter into force on 15 February, but only if natural gas prices on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days. In addition, the difference compared to a number of global benchmarks should be more than 35 euros.

Italy, the EU’s biggest supporter of the ceiling, has claimed responsibility for the measure. “This is a victory for Italy, which believed and worked for us to reach this agreement,” Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Picetto tweeted.

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“This is a victory for Italian and European citizens who demand energy security,” he added.

Currently, the gas price in Amsterdam is around 110 EUR/MWh, which is already a reflection of the agreement in Brussels – in August the figure even broke the barrier of 340 EUR/MWh.

However, Russia has already threatened to stop exports to countries that adhere to the ceiling. (ANSA).

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