An operation by the São Paulo Military Police Internal Affairs (PM-SP) will try to curb the illegal presence of uniformed or armed military police at the Jair Bolsonaro (non-party) pro-government demonstration on September 7 on Avenida Paulista.
Police officers who would be off duty and who work in administrative areas were called in to reinforce the action, referred to by the Internal Affairs department as “disciplinary patrolling”. The information is from the newspaper The State of São Paulo.
Prosecutors of the Military Court of Justice had asked the PM-SP control body for information on the measures taken to prevent active soldiers from going to the streets. In response, the Internal Affairs Office communicated that the patrol had been carried out.
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The planning takes place in the face of a possible mutiny of military policemen who support Bolsonaro, openly demanding a coup d’état and the impeachment of ministers of the Supreme Court (STF).
Although prohibited by the São Paulo Military Police’s Disciplinary Regulation, deputies aligned with Bolsonaro defend the presence of police officers at the demonstration. Among them are Colonel Tadeu (PSL) and Major Mecca (PSL), reserve officers of the São Paulo corporation.
The National Association of State Military Personnel of Brazil (Amebrasil) released a statement stating that the Military Police will follow the Army in the case of “internal defense or institutional rupture (state of siege or defense)”.
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The prosecutors highlighted the illegal nature of the participation of the military, based on paragraphs 3 and 4 of article 8 of the Regulation.
“It is absolutely forbidden for active military personnel to participate in political demonstrations, as well as to express opinions on political matters and to express thought and ideological concepts”, also wrote Justice Attorney Pedro Falabella, of the Military Court of Justice.
Edition: Arturo Hartmann