Electoral court prepares campaign against political violence in Brazil

Electoral court prepares campaign against political violence in Brazil

According to the TSE, contributions should be distributed that “explain massively the difference between freedom of expression and freedom of aggression”.

According to the court, the advertising company will also explain which behaviors are prohibited, such as incitement to crime, threats, aggression and demonstrations of all kinds that violate freedom of expression during the election campaign and the October 2 vote.

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 supporter of far-right leader 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 subtype of political violence. Electoral justice will not measure efforts to act to stop violence as a political weapon and combat disinformation as a practice of chaos,” 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.”