The Federal Supreme Court (STF) formed a majority of votes to confirm the veto to the forced removals of homeless people. The decision was celebrated by political leaders and activists who work in defense of this population, such as Father Julio Lancellotti, from the Pastoral do Povo de Rua de São Paulo, who said he saw “with great joy” the confirmation of the ban.
Ao Brasil de Fato, Father Julio recalled that the collegiate decision withdraws an argument from representatives of city halls and state governments, who often refused to comply with monocratic determinations (that is, signed by only one minister) of the Supreme Court.
:: Father Júlio Lancellotti: “With one hand we give bread and with the other we fight” ::
“We now hope that the city halls and states comply with what was determined. In some places they (representatives of public power) were saying that since it was not yet a full decision, they would not obey. Now there is no longer any way to argue, now it is a majority decision of the Federal Supreme Court, it is a decision of the Supreme Court that must be obeyed”, he summarized.
Most ministers were in favor of an individual decision by Minister Alexandre de Moraes, who in July, in addition to vetoing evictions, determined the implementation of the National Policy for the Homeless Population. The expected period is 120 days. The action, at the time, was filed by the Sustainability Network, the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL) and the Homeless Workers Movement (MTST).
:: Moraes orders actions by Lula, states and municipalities for the homeless population ::
“The massive violation of human rights, indicating a potentially unconstitutional state of affairs, impels the Judiciary to intervene, mediate and promote efforts to reimagine a structure to confront the ills that, regrettably, characterize a given situation, such as which one presents itself”, said Moraes when making his decision.
Voting takes place in the virtual plenary of the STF, in which each minister deposits his vote in an electronic system. The majority was formed on Sunday (20). Moraes’ decision was followed, for the time being, by ministers Cristiano Zanin, Dias Toffoli, Nunes Marques, Rosa Weber and Cármen Lúcia. The other members of the Court have until this Monday (21) to enter the votes.
Check out other reactions after the formation of the majority in the Supreme Court:
VICTORY IN THE STF!
The STF formed a majority today, and confirmed the ban on forced removals of homeless people and their belongings, hostile architecture and much more.
Come here and understand this historic victory 👇🏾
👉🏾 The judged action is against aggression and omissions by the public power…
— ERIKA HILTON (@ErikakHilton) August 20, 2023
The STF formed a majority of votes to confirm Minister Alexandre de Moraes’ determination that the removal of homeless people, the forced removal of objects and the installation or construction of hostile architecture are prohibited. pic.twitter.com/nzwPu4HZkz
— Reimont (@Reimont) August 21, 2023
The STF will prohibit mayors from using social hygiene, a frequent unspeakable cowardice in our cities. https://t.co/GvVtSYBY4Z
— Luiz Carlos da Rocha ATTORNEY (@rocha_lcr) August 21, 2023
An important victory. Now it’s time to make sure it actually works. The STF also prohibited the use of hostile architecture, designed to make life even more difficult for the homeless population. https://t.co/KNNK4ZMgKw
— Dani Sanchez ✊🏿 (@danisanchezdf) August 21, 2023
Editing: Vivian Virissimo