The impeachment agenda of President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) continues to be defended by the majority of Brazilians. The percentage of the population that is in favor of the deposition of the chief executive varied, within the margin of error, from 54% to 56%, according to a Datafolha survey released last Saturday (18th).
The indices compare measurements taken in July and in the period between 13 and 15 September. In the case of the latter, 3,667 people were interviewed in 190 cities across the country.
The percentage identified by Datafolha helps to inflame the discourse of the government’s opponents, who since last year have joined in the impeachment. The camp has intensified the campaign around the agenda in recent months, with popular protests that evoke the flag. For federal deputy Glauber Braga (Psol-RJ), the demand has “maximum urgency”.
“I think it is essential to detain Bolsonaro because he has already given all the demonstrations that he does not have any kind of limit to move forward with the logic of regime closure and, if there is room, he will move forward,” says the oppositionist, referring to the nods authoritarian powers of the president.
In recent weeks, Bolsonaro has intensified the institutional crisis – created and fueled by himself – in new attacks against the Judiciary. The conflict reached its height during the anti-democratic demonstrations called by the far right for the 7th of September. On the occasion, the president raised the tone and even called the minister Alexandre de Moraes, of the Supreme Court, a “scoundrel”.
The repercussion of the conduct led to greater dissatisfaction among different political groups with the president’s undemocratic posture and had different consequences. One of them was symbolized by the creation, last Wednesday (15), of a pro-impeachment committee that brings together PT, PDT, PSB, PSOL, PCdoB and Rede – the traditional opposition acronyms – and the subtitles PV, Citizenship and Solidarity.
“As time passes, more and more people realize the president’s irresponsibility in confronting the pandemic, with his insane fight against vaccines and the use of masks, and in the attacks he continues to perpetrate against democracy and the State of right”, summarizes the leader of the opposition in the Chamber, Alessandro Molon (PSB-RJ).
As a result of the newly signed handshake between the nine parties, the group announced unified acts for the 2nd of October and the 15th of November. The agenda must have the engagement of governors and mayors and the idea is to move the popular sectors for a firmer chorus for the deposition of Bolsonaro.
“We managed to unite parties with very different political views. Our fight now is to expand this range to attract [outros] center and center-right parties, so that the impeachment thesis gains more and more strength and succeeds,” says Molon, commenting that the camp is trying to build bridges with acronyms like MDB, PSD and PSDB.
In the case of the latter, for example, the legend announced a migration to the opposition camp shortly after September 7th. The acronym opened internal debate on the theme of impeachment, but it has not yet adopted the banner.
From the standpoint of institutional policy, the movement for the impeachment of the president still sounds timid in the face of the scenario found in the Chamber of Deputies, the legislative house responsible for opening impeachment proceedings.
Altogether, Bolsonaro is the target of more than 130 requests of this nature, but the president of the House, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), continues without giving favorable waves to the processing of the requests.
“We need him to take this initiative to proceed with the requests, but we also need to make more social movements to have more social strength. We already have several reasons for impeachment. Lira could have filed the case, of course. As it didn’t open, we are going to press more”, says the PT leader in the Chamber, Bohn Gass (RS).
Edition: Anelize Moreira