PMs salute to coup protesters in the interior of SP; watch video

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Four military police officers saluted coup protesters who were blocking the Cândido Portinari highway, on Tuesday night (1st), in Franca (343 km from SP). The action was recorded on video with a cell phone.

Agents can be prosecuted for not fulfilling their duty, assess experts, as one of their obligations is to ensure the fluidity of the roads.

The Military Police stated, in a note sent by the SSP (Secretariat of Public Security), that “as soon as it became aware of the facts”, it contacted the institution’s Internal Affairs “for investigation and action regarding the case”.

In the records, the officers salute, as if posing for a photograph. “That’s what I’m talking about, that’s what I’m talking about!” a man shouts, while the military police, side by side, maintain their position for a few seconds. They are applauded.

Afterwards, the agents walk towards the protesters. One of the PMs even makes an affirmative sign with both hands and then vibrates along with the protesters present on the road.

The report found that the police officers are assigned to the 4th Company of the 3rd Road Police Battalion, but their identity has not yet been released. THE Sheet tried to contact the battalion on Wednesday, but no one answered the calls.

Lawyer João Carlos Campanini, a specialist in military law and public security who has already acted in the defense of several police officers in the Military Justice, says that the salute is just a compliment, and that it is necessary to verify the reason for it being provided, something that in the excerpt from the video it is not possible to know.

Campanini told the report that he had heard two versions of the episode. The first is that the police would have done the greeting after the protesters peacefully sang the national anthem. The second is that the MPs greeted the protesters in an act of gratitude for having peacefully obeyed the orders to clear the road.

“If it is for any of these two reasons, I understand that there is no administrative or criminal infraction to hold public officials accountable”, says Campanini.

Regarding the claims that police are supporting anti-democratic demonstrations, the lawyer argues that the role of the Military Police in acts of this nature is more passive than active.

“Always in the sense of preserving rights, both the peaceful demonstration and the right to come and go of any citizen. Acts of any person, civilian or military, who violate these rights are liable to liability, including criminal”, he added.

The defeated candidate Jair Bolsonaro was the most voted in Franca in the first and second rounds. In Sunday’s vote (30), the current president had 119,713 votes, which represents 63.8% of valid votes. Lula was left with 36.1%, totaling 67,686. The data are from the TSE (Superior Electoral Court).

THE Sheet questioned both the PM and the SSP about what measures had already been or would be taken in the case and whether the Internal Affairs received notifications about other possible transgressions carried out by police officers in the state. None of the questions were answered.

The protests, made by Bolsonaro supporters, began after Lula’s victory. The acts can be typified as crimes against institutions and generate punishments for activists, police and authorities.

This Tuesday morning (1st), Governor Rodrigo Garcia (PSDB) announced that fines of R$100,000 per hour will be imposed for each vehicle that obstructs roads in the state of São Paulo. In addition, the protesters will be registered and, eventually, may be arrested. Military police officers may use police force in case of resistance.

Garcia stated that, since Monday (31), the São Paulo police have been trying to dialogue and negotiate with protesters who paralyze the state’s public roads and, following the decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), negotiations have ended and, thus, these judicial decisions are applied.

The intelligence sector of the PRF (Federal Highway Police) in São Paulo carries out a work to identify leaders, and possible funding, of the coup blockades promoted by Bolsonaristas on the federal highways of São Paulo.

As of Tuesday night, two suspects had been arrested for allegedly inciting people to block highways. The arrests took place in Guarulhos, in Greater São Paulo, and in São José do Rio Preto (443 km from SP).

The Attorney General of Justice, Mario Sarubbo, said, through his press office, that on Monday (31) he set up a core of integrated action to investigate the circumstances in which the blockades occur. The group is made up of members of the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Housing and Urbanism in the capital and Gaeco (Special Action Group to Combat Organized Crime).

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