Roberto Jefferson’s arrest was not tragic. When the Federal Police arrived at his home in Comendador Levi Gasparian in the state of Rio de Janeiro, he put up stiff resistance, fired with a rifle and threw a grenade at the officers. Two police officers were injured, according to the Associated Press.
Then he closed in on himself and began a siege-like situation that lasted for hours. In a Whatsapp video message to his followers, he promised them never to give up, but in the end he could still be arrested.
“shoot the car”
I didn’t shoot anyone to hit them. number. Shot at their car and close by. They ran four of them. I said, “Get out of here, because I’ll see you,” he said in the clip.
Already considered a controversial political figure in Brazil, Jefferson served as a member of Congress, but was banned from holding public office for ten years in 2005 after a corruption scandal.
Jefferson is not a credible politician. He lost his influence and is not that important. he’s crazy. When we hear his name mentioned, we know it’s a controversial thing, says Nara Bava, a professor of political science at the Federal University of Pernambuco.
Since the beginning of the year, 69-year-old Roberto Jefferson has been under house arrest for threatening judges at the nation’s highest court.
The court has taken measures to curb the spread of misinformation on social media, among other things. This means that it also ended up in the window from the left and right.
The court is trying to regulate social media and recently changed the rules regarding its control in the country. There are intense conflicts as each side accuses the other of misleading and turns to court. The court has been attacked for being too active and for being in the midst of controversies, says Bava.
Jefferson’s house arrest was conditional, and HD judge Alexander de Moraes decided he should return to prison after, among other things, another HD judge compared a prostitute.
– He cursed her and called her nicknames in a video he recorded, says Bava.
Election campaign – no politics
Brazil is in the midst of a fiery election campaign. Bolsonaro is being challenged by leftist leader and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who had the support of more than five percentage points from Bolsonaro – 48.4 to 43.2 percent – in the first round of the election.
Nobody talks about politics or anything really important. Both candidates are trying to raise the level of opponent’s discontent. Nara Bava says it is reasonable in a way, because those who are undecided can decide the choice.
They can simply choose to stay home in the second round of voting on Sunday.
What the candidates are trying to do is motivate them to go vote, but not to choose their favorite, but to get them to vote against the most hated candidate, she says.
In the polls, Lula continues to lead, but Bolsonaro may have made some gains, even if the increase of a few percentage points in recent weeks is within the margin of error. In political defamation, of course, Jefferson’s arrest has received attention.
– Now the Labor Party is trying to link Jefferson with Bolsonaro, and that’s right, he is on Bolsonaro’s side, says Bava.
Bolsonaro condemned his backer and sent the justice minister to the scene with somewhat vague instructions. He also tried to distance himself from Jefferson.
– There is not a single photo of him and me together, Bolsonaro claimed, which was quickly refuted by his opponent.
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world by area. The country has an area of 8.5 million square kilometers, which is almost the size of the whole of Europe.
The population is estimated to be more than 215 million, which puts Brazil in sixth place in the world. It also means that every 36th person on earth is a “copper”.
When Portuguese sailors came to the area about 500 years ago, there were various groups of people with a total population of about 7 million.
In the following centuries, Portugal colonized most of present-day Brazil. The country became independent in the 1820s.
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