Protesters carry out acts in 12 cities this Sunday, 18, to protest against the appointment of the federal judge Cassio Marques to Federal Supreme Court (STF) and the possibility of re-election of mayors and senators, Rodrigo Maia e Davi Alcolumbre.
According to the organization of the movement Come to the street, which called the protests, there are planned caravans in São Paulo, Rio, Brasília, Curitiba, Goiânia and Manaus, in addition to six other cities. The chosen format – motorcade -, according to the movement, aims to avoid risks related to the new coronavirus.
In São Paulo, the group began to meet around 10 am at Charles Miller Square. The route planned by the protesters is about 18 km long, passing through important avenues of the city, such as Paulista and Vergueiro.
The motorcade in the capital of São Paulo should end in the early afternoon, on the side of the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo.
One of the demands made by the protesters is that the re-election of the presidents of the Chamber and of the Senate, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ) and Davi Alcolumbre (DEM-AP), is not allowed, at the end of the current term.
No Saturday, 17, Maia participated in an investor event and stated that the issue of reelection was closed. “I am not a candidate for re-election. This matter is settled,” he said.
In theory, the two cannot run for a new term. Alcolumbre, however, has been moving to try a new period at the head of the House, on the grounds that there are loopholes in the legislation that would allow a new term.
“It is not for me to discuss the re-election of the Senate. The president of the Senate has played a fundamental role,” Maia said. “The election of the Senate is up to the Senate. The election of the Chamber is up to the Chamber.”
Indication by Kassio Marques
Another point on the agenda of the protesters is the appointment of federal judge Kassio Marques to the STF. President Jair Bolsonaro’s nominee has become a contested name among his supporters. Bolsonaro was even accused of “betrayal” to the commitments made in the 2018 campaign.
Other criticisms came after revelations that Marques’ curriculum has inconsistencies. As the Estadão, the University of La Coruña, for example, denied the existence of the postgraduate course that the judge claimed to have taken. In response, Marques said it was a translation error.
The curriculum also states that a post-graduate course and a post-doctorate course were taken, if added together, in a period of just ten school days.
In addition, the 127-page master’s dissertation that the judge defended in 2015 at the Autonomous University of Lisbon, in Portugal, has more than 17 pages of content identical to what is written in three articles published years earlier by lawyer Saul Tourinho Leal. Both denied plagiarism.
The revelations raised doubts about the appointment of the judge, but it was maintained by the president, with the support of his allied base. During the week, Senator Eduardo Braga (MDB-AM), rapporteur for Marques’ nomination in the Senate CCJ, minimized inconsistencies in the curriculum.