A proposal is pending in the Legislative Assembly of Pernambuco (Alepe) to hand over the title of Pernambuco citizen to former Bolsonarist minister Damares Alves (currently a pre-candidate for the Senate for the Federal District). The proposal was written in June by state deputy Clarissa Tércio (PP) and is going through the committees before going to the plenary.
Registered as draft resolution 3481/2022, the honorary title proposal has already been approved by the Constitution, Legislation and Justice Commission (CCLJ) and is currently in the Citizenship and Human Rights Commission (CDH). At the CCLJ, the rapporteurship was with Alberto Feitosa (PL), who issued a favorable opinion (both he and the author are Bolsonaristas). On August 10th, the project arrived at the CDH, where it will have a new rapporteur. Among the members of the commission is Cleiton Collins (PP), also a Bolsonarist.
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The collective mandate of the Juntas (PSOL) has already announced on social media that they are against the tribute. “The bolsonarista bench may even try to honor these people who affront the rights of LGBTQIA+ people, the black and peripheral population, but there will be confrontation, yes. In Pernambuco bolsonarista is not created”.
The title of Pernambuco citizenship is aimed at people who, despite not being born in the state, have provided relevant services to the population of the state. In the justification for proposing the tribute to the former minister, deputy Clarissa Tércio (PP) was unable to associate Damares Alves with any achievement in the state, but highlighted the story of the lawyer, pastor, educator, parliamentary advisor and former Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights.
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As a minister, she gained prominence for speeches against the LGBT population, such as that “boys wear blue and girls wear pink” and positions against women’s right to abortion. In June 2022, the news was released that a judge from the state of Santa Catarina was preventing an 11-year-old child, raped and pregnant, from exercising her right to abortion. Damares was no longer a minister, but issued a note saying that she did not know the judge and had no influence over that position, but defended the magistrate’s position.
Before, in 2020, the case of a 10-year-old girl, from Espírito Santo, who was raped by an uncle, resulting in pregnancy, gained national attention. Justice guaranteed her the right to abortion, which was carried out in Pernambuco. But, before the procedure, there was a leak among Bolsonarist groups about the place where the abortion procedure would take place, which provoked a protest from conservative politicians – including the proposer Clarissa Tércio – in front of the maternity, criticizing the child and the doctor. The then minister Damares Alves was the main suspect for leaking confidential information to conservative militants, being the subject of an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.
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Before being chosen by Bolsonaro to be minister, she was a parliamentary advisor for more than 20 years, having stood out in recent years for her work in defense of the project “Escola Sem Partido”, which sought to censor teachers who had left-wing opinions. Deputy Tércio also highlighted that Damares “is part of movements to combat sexual harassment of children and adolescents, including the Protected Childhood Program and the Protect Project”.
In Recife, tribute to the leader of “Centrão”
On August 9, the Recife City Council approved, with 23 favorable votes, the José Mariano Medal of Merit (highest municipal honor) for Senator Ciro Nogueira (PP), current Minister of the Civil House of the Bolsonaro government, recognized leadership of the so-called “Centrão”, as well as national president of the PP. The proposal was made by councilor Michele Collins, who is from the same party as the honoree.
The medal would be voted on in early July, along with the tribute to first lady Michelle Bolsonaro. On the occasion there was a great protest from people against the tributes, but also demonstrators in favor. In a tense atmosphere, the councilors ended up rejecting the medal for the first lady, which had only 9 votes in favor, 16 against, in addition to 13 who did not vote. Councilwoman Michele Collins chose not to put the tribute to Ciro Nogueira to a vote. A month later, after the dust had settled, the tribute was approved.
Source: BdF Pernambuco
Editing: Elen Carvalho