The recent statements by Deltan Dallagnol (Podes-PR), former attorney and pre-candidate for federal deputy, admitting to support President Jair Bolsonaro in a possible second round of the 2022 presidential race, only confirm the political and ideological kinship of the operators of the Lava Jet with Bolsonarism.
“As much as I don’t like many attitudes of the current government, there is simply nothing worse and more threatening for the future of Brazil than the PT”, said Deltan, in a video released last Monday (27).
Deltan, like Sergio Moro, seeks to obtain a parliamentary mandate to try to evade responsibility for the crimes committed during the Lava Jato operation. A federal deputy’s seat is the lifeline for the ex-prosecutor, who is experiencing the panic, even fear, of facing a long season in the cold dungeon of Santa Candida.
Lavajatismo was one of the mechanisms (alongside the apparatus of large media corporations) that boosted the propagation of the anti-politics discourse and, in particular, the hateful anti-petismo, fueling the anger and resentment of vast segments of the population, mainly from sectors of the middle class against politicians, Congress, the STF and other institutions — which are worn out, it is true — but which will not be renewed and democratized by Lavajat punitivism, which only favored and opened the space for the consolidation of a neo-fascist current in the country.
Bolsonaro and the generals would not have been victorious in 2018 without decisive help from Lava Jato, which illegally prevented Lula from participating in the elections – the PT leader was emerging as a clear favorite.
The complete dismantling of Lava Jato, with the punishment of Deltan and Moro, is an unfinished task, a demand of the process of retaking the democratic course. After all, as Minister Gilmar Mendes (STF) himself said, “Lava Jato is the mother and father of Bolsonarism”.
Despite the wear and tear of Deltan, de Moro, and the demoralization of Lava Jato, experience has shown that the discourse of denial of politics still finds appeal in certain social segments.
Lavajatismo, an arm of the extreme right
Lavajatismo is an extreme right-wing current of opinion, which appeals to a discourse of a salvationist and authoritarian character, attracting the support of the wealthiest segments of the middle class and the militant Bolsonarist scum, grouped in movements such as MBL, Vem Pra Rua, Laços pelo Brasil, Direita Curitiba, Movimento Contra a Corrupção and entities representing the judicial apparatus and high federal bureaucracy.
Corporate media bodies – mainly Rede Globo and Folha de São Paulo – present the Lava Jato crimes as simple deviations from the “positive route” of the operation in the fight against corruption within the Brazilian state. According to the pro-Lava Jato media, the experience was positive and that an assessment of the operation cannot pave the way for the return of impunity for public agents.
In other words, the same speech favorable to lavajatismo, recycled in a softer tone after Vaza Jato’s revelations of the criminal methods practiced by the operation, based in Curitiba.
It is worth remembering that the actions of Lava Jato resulted in the criminalization of political parties and leaders, whose greatest expression was the unprecedented campaign of lawfare against a Brazilian political leader – former President Lula –, convicted and imprisoned without evidence for 580 days.
The “preventive” incarceration of executives of private and public companies, forged denunciations, illegal coercive conducts, filmed arrests, selective leaks to Rede Globo, the falsification of documents and the spying of defense lawyers of the accused were some of the criminal mechanisms used by the operation led by Moro and Deltan.
Lava Jato also left a huge liability in the country’s economy: under the pretext of fighting corruption, it caused the implosion of entire economic sectors, affecting the civil construction industry, heavy infrastructure, the naval industry, the chemical sector and the production of oil and gas, causing the unemployment of millions of Brazilians.
Confronting Lavajatism is a component of the political effort of the left and workers to defeat the neoliberal recolonization project applied by the Bolsonarist government.
In October, the electorate from Paraná has the option of wiping the two biggest exponents of Lava Jato from the political map, challenging at the polls the nefarious project of impunity of Deltan and Moro — allies of Bolsonaro and Ratinho.
*Journalist and writer. Author of the books ‘The Politics Beyond the News and the Declared War Against Lula and the PT’ (2019), ‘The Exit is for the Left’ (2020) and ‘Lava Jato, a conspiracy against Brazil’ (2021) – all by Kotter Editorial.
**This is an opinion article. The author’s view does not necessarily express the editorial line of the Brasil de Fato newspaper.
Editing: Pedro Carrano