Election court prepares campaign against political violence in Brazil

Election court prepares campaign against political violence in Brazil

According to the TSE, articles will be published that “explain to a large extent the difference between freedom of expression and freedom of aggression”.

The advertiser, the court said, will also explain what kind of behavior is prohibited, such as inciting crime, threats, aggression, and all kinds of demonstrations that threaten free expression during the election campaign and in the vote on October 2nd.

According to the court, his assistants were given guidance to find agencies and frame this missionary action, which could air later this month.

At the end of July, the electoral court set up a working group to draft strategies to combat political violence in the next election.

In the decree establishing the group, the TSE explains that it took the action after reviewing reports of attacks on citizens for political reasons and attacks on press freedom.

As an example, he cited the death of Labor Party militant Marcelo Arruda, who was shot dead by a far-right supporter of the president. Jair Bolsonaro.

The founding of the group was also motivated by complaints from the House of Representatives and the Senate about attacks on authorities, freedom of the press and electronic ballot boxes. Recently, TSE President Edson Fachin asserted that the electoral justice system would be unyielding in the face of violence as a political weapon at the upcoming election fair.

“We will not tolerate electoral violence, a sub-form of it political violence. Electoral justice will spare no effort to curb violence as a political weapon and combat disinformation as a chaotic practice,” Fachin said at a meeting with the Privileges group.

One such group, which joins the more than 100 statements of support of the electoral justice system, consists mostly of lawyers but also includes artists, professors and legal professionals, and gained national prominence as of 2020.

Without mentioning Bolsonaro, the pioneer of attacks on electronic ballot boxes and Brazil’s electoral system, the minister warned that “the TSE is not alone because society does not tolerate refusal to vote.”