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Attack on Amon Mandel’s team could be a political crime, expert says



Attack on Amon Mandel's team could be a political crime, expert says

Manaus (AM) – Councilor Amom Mandel (citizenship) spoke this Thursday (4) about the attack his team suffered after checking public transport in the Cidade de Deus area, Manaus east zone. The case attracted attention as it could be a political offense against a highly popular candidate for federal deputy.

The attack took place on Tuesday evening (2), around 19:00. Ammon’s team investigated complaints of misuse of public transport by residents of the region.

As the group was moving along Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Avenue, a couple on a motorcycle drove up to the car and fired three shots in the direction of the car. The bullet hit the back of the car, which had a sticker with the name of a city council member on it.

According to the press service of the parliament, even during the attack, the criminals shouted “Amon, not here” and disappeared. The names of the perpetrators of the crime have not been established.

At a press conference held this Thursday (4), the adviser said that he had already received threats, but not on such a scale, with the presence of firearms. He also said that he was waiting for an investigation by law enforcement agencies to identify the perpetrators.

“I have even informed the Manaus City Council about the threats I am facing. However, this is the first time this has happened with firearms. Three shots were fired in the direction, one of them hit the red car,”


The bulletin about the incident was compiled on the same day as the attack, the adviser said, and he asked the authorities to keep it confidential so that information about the case would not be made public. However, there was a “leakage” of information about the crime. In this regard, he called for an investigation into the lack of protection of sensitive data.

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The council member also said he received a call this morning from Gov. Wilson Lima. In the conversation, Wilson showed solidarity and said he would take the necessary action.

“I received a call from Gov. Wilson Lima in solidarity with the possible attack and he said he would take the necessary action. We want the safety of our team and our fans. This is a serious matter that worries me and which should not be on the agenda of the elections. Unfortunately, violence occurs and is likely to occur during the process, not only with me, but also with other candidates.”


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When asked about possible motives for the crime, the adviser did not confirm whether the attack could be qualified as a political crime and that the police should confirm the results of the investigation.

“Although there is no what we call a political crime in the Criminal Code, it could have been committed for political reasons, but only the Secretariat of Public Security and the Civil Police can say this after an investigation. I also have another bulletin registered in the case of threats against me, which I already spoke about on the podium of the Municipality of Manaus”,

Amon said.

Similarly, political scientist Carlos Santiago also stated that it was too early to classify the attack as a political crime. Santiago emphasized that depending on the motivation of the crime, the electoral justice and other institutions must act and stop this type of violence.

“There are still no grounds for the police to say that this fact is a political crime. But whether they are political or not, it is essential that the Electoral Justice, the Electoral Public Ministry and the Amazonas State Public Security Service provide security, bring peace to the elections, and be able to provide answers to this case. Manaus can no longer live in an atmosphere of terror where even those who want to campaign politically are subjected to violence.”

Carlos Santiago said.

According to Deputy Organized Crime Department (DRCO) Delegate Rodrigo Azevedo, victims will be heard to provide clarification on the case. At the moment, investigative actions are being carried out to identify and arrest those responsible for the shooting.

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Election 2022

The Instituto Eficaz poll released on Tuesday (2) shows some candidates with a high percentage, such as Amom Mandel (citizenship) for a federal deputy.

Councilor Ammon Mandel is in first place, with about 27% of the electorate’s intentions, according to an incentivized poll of intent to vote for a federal deputy.

The percentage is significant, and he quickly puts the young politician, announced on April 30 as a candidate for deputies of the federal federation PSDB-Citizenship, ahead of his competitors.

Just behind Amom, the data also points to Manaus Deputy Mayor Marcos Rotta (PP), with 8.4% of the intention to vote. Further, Federal Deputy Marcelo Ramos (PSD) has 6.4%. Federal Deputy Conceição Sampaio (PSDB) represents 6.3% and Federal Deputy José Ricardo (PT) around 5.8%.

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FBI search causes political storm and could speed up Trump’s re-election



FBI search causes political storm and could speed up Trump's re-election

Hours after it was revealed that the FBI raided his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, Donald Trump posted a campaign video on his Pravda social network, fueling rumors that he was preparing to announce his re-election to the presidency.

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Donald Trump says he is a “victim” of the FBI. Republicans talk about political attack



Donald Trump says he is a "victim" of the FBI.  Republicans talk about political attack

Donald Trump says he is a “victim” of the FBI. Republicans talk about political attack

After the FBI ransacked the home of the former President of the United States, early Monday morning Donald Trump, several family members and members of the Republican Party point to illegal police actions and “political persecution.”

“After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home is inappropriate,” Donald Trump said in a statement, accusing Democratic rivals of using the U.S. Department of Justice as a weapon to stop him from doing so. run in the 2024 presidential election.

The children of the former president also spoke out in favor of Trump. Eric and Donald Junior say the FBI’s investigation is worthy of a “third world country” and a “banana republic.”

Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes in a conspiracy against a businessman and political leader: “Overt politicization of the DOJ/FBI is shameful. The Attorney General must explain why these searches delayed justice for 250 years.”

Rep. Ronnie Jackson even says the FBI has “officially become an enemy of the people.”

The FBI is led by Christopher Ray, who was appointed by Donald Trump in 2017. Officially, investigators have not yet commented on the searches, but US media sources indicate that Donald Trump could have taken confidential documents from the White House without permission.

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On political crime and criminal policy – 08.08.2022 – Opinion



On political crime and criminal policy - 08.08.2022 - Opinion

The escalation of violence that has engulfed the political arena has taken another victim. The birthday party, which had former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) as its theme, ended tragically after a political antagonist intruded and fired a gun, killing the birthday boy. A police spokesman in the case said it was not a political crime.

And how is a murder with a clearly political motive not a political crime? Sometimes there are such things in the law: it has its own logic. This “magic” created by the codes is not always pleasant, but this time we must give a justification to the law.

Attributing a crime to a political one is not limited only to the motivation of the perpetrator, but also to the actual or potential consequences of the action. Thus, it takes a crime to endanger national sovereignty, democracy, territorial integrity, or the head of any of the Union powers. The gruesome murder may have been politically motivated, but the perpetrator’s intended consequences were limited to the party and its members.

There is no rule relating exclusively to political motivation; thus, this type of motivation corresponds to the concept of abomination, which, in the language of criminal law, is a particularly heinous and heinous crime. Since murder qualifies as hooliganism, the crime is punished more severely. Thus, there is no political crime, but there is a crime in politics.

Besides the issue of the infamous crime in politics, there is another dimension, much more complex, that deserves attention: the politics of crime.

The aggressor was reportedly traveling with his wife and child when he fell out with his political opponents. He left them both safely and returned for a rematch. From the killer’s point of view, he was definitely not a killer, but a patriot or some sort of hero against a villain.

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The Manichaean understanding of life, projected into politics, allows for family conflicts, broken friendships, and even marriages, which have been widely reported. Exposing yourself as the bearer of absolute truth allows you to confront the enemy as a hero who must defeat the villain. This kind of absolute contraction is characteristic of religions whose dogmas are guided by love, mercy and tolerance.

Politics, on the other hand, has other dogmas, as it is a stage for disputes over power and ideas. Presenting oneself as the holder of sacred truth outside the religious scene is usually the fuel for the generality of historical atrocities. The politics of crime is born only in the absence of minimum cultural and educational standards, replacing persuasion with knowledge.

There is no other way to suppress criminal politics than to reconsider one’s own convictions, to make room for listening to the opinions of others, no matter how much one wants to convince the other of one’s opinions. In politics, as in science, belief is the worst enemy of consensus, and without a minimum of consensus, there is no nation, only a handful of people shooting at each other.

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