João Carlos Souto (@soutojc) is Professor of Constitutional Legislation on the Centro Universitário UDF and the President of the United States-Brazil Comparative Legislation Institute. He information this particular dispatch for JURIST from Brasilia.
Brazil at this time witnessed essentially the most critical assault on State establishments since re-democratization in 1985. Excessive right-wing terrorists invaded and partially destroyed the seats of the Legislature, Government and Judiciary in Brasilia, the federal capital.
In widespread with the invasion of the Capitol in the USA on January 6 2021, the eighth of January in Brazil displays the usage of social networks as an instrument of disinformation and assaults on Democracy and the powers of the Authorities. Over 4 years, which corresponds to the mandate of the Brazilian president who left every week in the past, what was seen was a relentless and rising marketing campaign to unfold pretend information to make individuals imagine that the elections might be rigged and that the system was unreliable.
To make it very clear, the Brazilian electoral system and the digital poll field is completely and demonstrably secure. It’s the similar digital voting system that processed the votes that elected the right-wing president in 2018 and the governors and deputies of the correct in 2022. Sadly, the president who misplaced the elections in 2022 refuses to confess that he misplaced and even earlier than the outcome (similar to Donald Trump) forged doubt on the election he already knew he would lose.
What occurred at this time, January eighth, is the bitter fruit of a sluggish course of that has taken maintain in Brazilian society over these 4 years.
The Federal Supreme Court docket, crucial Court docket of Justice within the nation, has been elementary to the protection of Democracy in Brazil. Supreme Court docket decide Alexandre de Moraes has been tireless in defending Democracy. Nevertheless, he, and the Court docket, can not clear up the whole lot alone.
US President Biden and French President Macron, amongst others, have already made it clear that they assist the result of the elections in Brazil and the president-elect Luis Inácio Lula da Silva. This is superb, however all of us want to concentrate on the subsequent steps of the keyboard terrorists.
Brazilian Democracy wants the assist of democratic international locations comparable to the USA and the European Union, in addition to Mercosur.
What we noticed at this time was a terrorist assault by these defeated within the 2022 elections. It’s a noisy, harmful minority that can actually be repressed by those that defend Democracy and the democratic rule of legislation, that’s to say, nearly all of the Brazilian individuals.