The recent demonstrations by high-ranking military police, supporting and summoning the population to the September 7 demonstrations in favor of President Jair Bolsonaro (no party), are of concern to Rafael Alcadipani, researcher at the Brazilian Forum on Public Security and professor of public management of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV).
“I believe that we have never been so close to a Pocket Narist mutiny. I believe that, unfortunately, there is great adherence within the police, in different hierarchies, to Bolsonaro’s ideas. I don’t know to what extent this cannot generate a rupture”, explains Alcadipani in an interview with Brazil in fact.
The newspaper The state of Sao Paulo revealed, last Sunday (22), that Colonel Aleksander Toaldo Lacerda, published messages in support of Bolsonaro on his social networks, calling for the demonstration. “Freedom is not gained, it is conquered. Day 7/9 I’ll go”. In another, the military says: “We need a tank, not an ice cream cart.” “No liberal of talcum in the butt” can “overthrow the leftist hegemony in Brazil.”
Also on Sunday, Ricardo de Mello Araújo, former commander of Rondas Ostensiva Tobias Aguiar (Rota), published a video calling on “military police veterans” for the demonstration. “We have September 7th to help our president Bolsonaro. The PM of SP participated in the main movements in our country (…). We cannot at this moment when the country is going through this crisis, with communism wanting to enter (…). (…) I see that we from the PM of SP, the public force, we must unite. And on September 7th, all veterans of SP, we must be present on Avenida Paulista.”
In the publication, Araújo informs that the veterans’ concentration point will be the 1st Shock Battalion, the Rota. From there, they would go on to the demonstration. Today, the former commander of Rota is director of the Companhia de Entrepostos e Armazéns Gerais in São Paulo (Ceagesp), an agency linked to the federal government.
Alcadipani explains that “in a situation of social chaos, with demonstrations and things like that, I don’t know how the Military Police would act, if they couldn’t go into an adventure, this is extremely dangerous.”
Finally, the specialist in Public Security says it is possible that supporters of Bolsonaro may be moving to other barracks. “I don’t think this is restricted to São Paulo. São Paulo has one of the most disciplined PMs in Brazil. If São Paulo is like that, in other states it is much worse. It is time to act, the governors need to act and identify who these radicalized figures of pocketbookism are, especially the troop commander.”
João Doria (PSDB), governor of São Paulo, announced this Monday morning (23), the removal of Colonel Aleksander Toaldo Lacerda, who commands 7 battalions of the Military Police in the region of Sorocaba and 5,000 men.
In a statement, the government of São Paulo manifested itself. “The institution’s internal affairs department, which is legalistic and has the duty and mission to defend the Constitution and the democratic values of the country expressed therein, analyzes the recent manifestations of the officer, who was summoned to the General Command to provide clarifications.”
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