The opening of the work of the MST’s CPI, installed in the Chamber of Deputies, removed any doubt that might still exist regarding the exemption and impartiality with which such parliamentary bodies should be covered. Not only in the discrepant disproportion between its members – the majority composed of the so-called bullet bench and ruralists -, but in the analysis of the requests presented since its approval and the interviews granted by its rapporteur and president, everything indicates only a continuity of the agenda of the Bolsonarism, which resulted in the coup attempt on January 8 of this year.
As much as he tried to sell to society that the conduct of the commission’s work would be governed by a certain republicanism, the rapporteur barely waited for the first session and already addressed the press to say that the investigations could reach the current leader of the polls for the mayoralty from São Paulo, Guilherme Boulos, by the way, the character against whom he will dispute the election next year. He shows, therefore, an interest merely in electoral promotion and, also, in repositioning his image, which has been deeply damaged by police investigations and a disastrous management at the head of the Ministry of the Environment.
It was Salles’ proposal to carry out lightning diligences with a few hours’ notice, as if they were police operations, thus distorting once again the regimented purposes established for these commissions.
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One of the requests presented at the CPI wants to convene, astonishingly, former Minister of the Federal Supreme Court Ricardo Lewandowski for having praised the performance of social movements in a lecture given. The measure is so surreal that it is only related to the criminal conduct and destruction against the Judiciary that occurred on January 8th.
It is worth remembering that the STF, rightly, suspended eviction actions during the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic and perhaps from there, added to the arrest and accountability of hundreds of coup plotters on January 8, come the wrath of the bullet and of the ruralists against the STF and the Judiciary.
This relationship of continuity between the Bolsonarist agenda of destroying the constituted powers and the use of the Parliamentary Commissions of Inquiry to give continuity to its purposes gains more strength, when one reads that the president of the collegiate of the Chamber became, himself, investigated. By order of a minister of the STF, it was determined that the Federal Police investigate the federal deputy who presides over the work of the CPI, on suspicion of encouraging anti-democratic acts in Rio Grande do Sul and Brasília. President who, moreover, as the UOL, has had the practice of cutting off the microphone of female parliamentarians when they use the floor regimentally. That’s how he tried to silence deputy Sâmia Bonfim, from PSOL-SP.
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And there’s more. Article published by the newspaper The globe on the 21st of this month, he revealed that seven members of the commission that will investigate the MST received campaign contributions from those accused of environmental and agrarian crimes, ranging from illegal deforestation to gold smuggling. It is worth repeating to the reader to make sure that this is what he heard: seven parliamentarians who make up the MST CPI received donations from those accused of land grabbing, illegal deforestation and smuggling of wood and gold.
In the initial debates, what was seen was an attempt to characterize land occupation actions as a crime, a matter already analyzed several times by the superior and justice courts, with ample advantage for configuration as legitimate in the democratic rule of law and full exercise of rights. citizenship.
It could be imagined that the MST’s CPI would quickly fall into disrepute when the works began to be carried out, but in less than a week, its main actors not only managed to set up an evident court of exception without any room for contradiction, as they practically made it urgent and unavoidable that a Commission be opened to investigate themselves.
* Patrick Mariano holds a PhD in General Theory of the State and Philosophy of Law from USP
** This is an opinion article. The author’s view does not necessarily express the editorial line of the newspaper Brasil de Fato.
Editing: Thalita Pires
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