Monday, October 2, 2023

Brazil: International embarrassment and threats from Bolsonaro | Opinion

from Rio de Janeiro

For him Far-right Brazilian President, Jair BolsonaroThreatening a coup within Brazil’s borders, if defeated in his bid for re-election in October, seems like little.

This Monday he did it in front of a group of ambassador and diplomat From several dozen countries – specific numbers were not reported, but at least thirty in all letters – were saying that since they did not trust the voting system implemented in Brazil, they would refuse to recognize the official result. unless it is audible”.

It went further: Without a sufficient number of paper votes, with electronic ballot boxes as the armed forces’ territories defend, elections cannot even take place in October, despite what the law provides.

It should be remembered that since 1996 Bolsonaro managed to be elected the first national vice president and the last same system, and also remember Fraud was never found in the elections held in Brazil during that entire period.

Two things stood out in the peculiar spectacle presented by Bolsonaro on Monday. First, his calm and deliberate tone.

He said the same thing he says to his followers every day in the midst of a storm of uncontrollable fury, but this time his attempt to present himself with a slight stillness was evident as he repeated an avalanche in the sequence. baseless allegation And the lie that no one believes except his most fanatical and intimate followers.

Secondly, the manner in which he exported the diplomatic landscape was extremely furious. Attacks on members of the Superior Electoral Court and the Supreme Federal Court.

There has never been a history of a president who has brought together ambassadors and diplomatic representatives to brag against members of other institutions. Nor does a president who declares the possibility of not recognizing the results of the electoral ballot boxes, that is, the possibility of a coup attempt in the event of a defeat for the world.

Among jurists, there is a broad consensus: Bolsonaro violated all laws by exposing the world to the threat of a coup. The question is who, other than the voters, will be able to impose sanctions against such absurdity.

It is also worth noting the importance of the fact that many of the retired soldiers who formed the government agreed to be on his side, perhaps trying to convey that the armed forces were facing a more unbalanced presidential coup with each passing day. Will support the illusion.

The response from the current chairman of the Superior Electoral Tribunal, Luiz Edson Fuchin, who is also a member of the Supreme Court of Justice, has been energetic. Without naming Bolsonaro, Fachin criticized what he said was a manifestation of “rumours without stability” and “totalitarian populism”. mentioned “Unacceptable Electoral Negativity” on behalf of a public figure”, and recalled once again that “it is very serious to make an allegation without any evidence”.

Fuchin made no other comment, but jurists pointed out that, subject to the suspension of political rights, Bolsonaro committed at least five offenses defined in the constitution as “crimes of responsibility”.

of the seven ambassadors consulted by the daily conservative State of Sao PauloSix from European, Asian and Latin American countries agreed to speak on condition of anonymity.

All were unanimous in ratifying the event as a “Mere Electoral Campaign Act”, which in no way changed their countries’ confidence in the Brazilian voting system.

The only one who agreed to identify himself was the Swiss ambassador, Pietro Lazzeri, who said that “we wish the people of Brazil that the next election be another celebration of democracy and institutions.” “Another celebration of democracy and institutions” makes sense as all the previous ones were.

Ah yes: they are equally unanimous in pointing out gross errors in the English translation of subtitles presented on a screen.

One of those subtitles asked, in blatant contradiction to what the president said: “Why don’t your countries use our secure and electronic system?”

If questioned about this, Bolsonaro would certainly say that it was the work of some communist infiltrating translators. Or someone controlled by people like Alberto Fernández, Gustavo Petro or Gabriel Borík, who, as we all know, are radical enemies of democracy, unlike Brazil.

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