São Paulo, Nov 26 (EFE). – Thousands of supporters of former far-right president Jair Bolsonaro demonstrated on Sunday in São Paulo against what they consider “abuses” by the Supreme Court in its actions against the January 8 coup in Brasilia.
The demonstrators chanted slogans against Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes, whom they blame for the death by heart attack of one of those detained for the violent invasion of the headquarters of the Supreme Court, the Executive Branch and Congress in January.
“Out with Xandão, out with Xandão (De Moraes’ nickname)!”, “Murderer, murderer!” shouted the demonstrators, wrapped in Brazilian flags, one of the signs of Bolsonarism.
The protest, called by evangelical pastor Silas Malafaia under the slogan “In Defense of the Democratic Rule of Law,” was one of the largest expressions of right-wing discontent since the January 8 riots, which the Supreme Court considers a coup attempt.
On a sound truck in the middle of Avenida Paulista, Malafaia, a close ally of Bolsonaro, was accompanied by deputies and senators, as well as the family of Cleriston Pereira da Cunha, who died on Monday in a Brasilia prison while awaiting trial.
“The time of the Supreme Court judges will come,” threatened the deputy Marcel Van Hattem, who accused the Supreme Court of considering itself “above the law and the Constitution”.
Lincoln Kawashima, a 63-year-old man who traveled five hours by car to attend the demonstration, assured EFE that the “patriots” were victims of “persecution” by the court and that Pereira da Cunha was a “political prisoner.
Still, mobilization hasn’t reached the levels seen after last year’s presidential election, when thousands of Bolsonaro supporters gathered for days outside military barracks across the country to demand army intervention against Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s victory.
“People are afraid of repression, of the absence of the rule of law,” Mani Souza, a 53-year-old veterinarian who proudly admitted to demonstrating in front of the barracks to demand a coup. EFE