In a special session this Tuesday (21), the majority of councilors of the Chamber of Curitiba voted to revoke the mandate of councilor Renato Freitas (PT). There were 25 votes in favor of the impeachment, only 7 votes against and one abstention.
The second round takes place this Wednesday (22). The sanction can be applied immediately after the second vote. There are no more resources available in the Chamber. However, the defense may appeal the decision in court.
Freitas is accused of breaking parliamentary decorum after participating in anti-racist act which culminated in the protesters entering the Igreja do Rosário, in downtown Curitiba, in February.
Renato Freitas and his defense team were not present at the session.
Structural racism and hate spectacle
Contrary to the impeachment of Freitas, councilor Carol Dartora (PT) characterized the process as “an attack on democracy, a spectacle of suffering and hatred.”
“This attack on democracy through a ritual of spectacularization of the suffering and humiliation of a black parliamentarian exposes the racist violence of society. An impeachment without crime, a trial without fact”, said Dartora.
For the councilor, with the removal of Freitas, the Curitiba Chamber wants to “send a message to the city’s peripheries, that this is still a Curitiba of the oligarchies.”
“We will not be silent and we will not accept the message they are trying to send us. The black population will increasingly be present in this House. […] We will not be silenced by the atrocity that is happening today,” he said.
Also opposed to the impeachment, councilor Maria Letícia (PV), who was vice-rapporteur of the Ethical Disciplinary Process against Freitas in the Council of Ethics of the Chamber, said that the impeachment of the PT is a “terrible and appalling example of what it is to do politics. “
“I followed closely the investigation process of this case and I have difficulty understanding how we ended up here. No evidence was produced to justify what is being asked. […] The message that colleagues are giving is that politics is restricted to a few”, said the councilor.
Councilors question the legality of the session
The special session to vote on the loss of the mandate of Renato Freitas was convened shortly after the Paraná Court of Justice (TJ-PR) allow, this Monday (20), the continuation of the process.
Freitas’ defense questioned the legality of the session, stating that the councilor was not summoned within the legal deadline of 24 hours in advance. At the beginning of this Tuesday’s session (21), councilors also questioned the legality of the session within a short period of time.
“Was the Chamber’s legal prosecutor consulted about the defense’s allegations about the nullity of the session?”, asked Councilman Professor Euler (MDB). “As the defense was communicated by e-mail, it is important to remember that the unopened e-mail is only considered valid after 48 hours of sending. If it was opened, counting from the opening time until the session, the period of 24 hours has passed ?” continued the councilor.
In the same sense, councilor Dalton Borba (PDT) observed what the Organic Law of the Municipality provides. “The bylaws adopted this session with the name of Special Session, which is not even foreseen in the Organic Law of the Municipality. It should respect the minimum period covered by the Organic Law, of 48 hours”, he said.
For Borba, the impeachment of Freitas is an embarrassment to the Chamber of Curitiba. “I hope that the Brazilian justice system corrects this error,” said the councilor.
The president of the Chamber, Tico Kuzma (PROS), explained that the date of the session was based on the internal regulations of the Chamber, which allows for a call with a minimum period of one business day in advance.
understand the case
Renato Freitas is being sued for breaking parliamentary decorum in the Chamber of Curitiba, accused of leading a demonstration in front of and inside the Church of Rosário dos Pretos, in the central region of Curitiba, in February.
On the occasion, Freitas and other protesters who were participating in an anti-racist act entered the religious temple. He was accused of disturbing and interrupting the practice of religious worship, carrying out a political act inside the church and unauthorized entry into the Catholic temple.
After the Council of Ethics of the Curitiba Chamber recommended the removal of the mandate, Freitas appealed to the Justice. On May 19, an injunction suspended the session in which the process would be voted on.
The decision complied with the request of Freitas’ defense, which argues a violation of due process due to the partiality of members of the Chamber’s Ethics Council.
According to the decision of the TJ-PR, the vote would originally be suspended for the period of the Inquiry established to determine the authorship and veracity of the e-mail with racist offenses sent by the official address of the rapporteur of the case, Sidnei Toaldo, to Freitas.
The message sent to Freitas “would point to the Rapporteur’s partiality and interest, in addition to containing racial slurs, circumstances that, if found to be true, could lead to the Rapporteur’s removal and procedural nullity”, says an excerpt from the document.
Source: BdF Paraná
Editing: Frédi Vasconcelos