AI5 Never Again
The disregard for democracy and its principles was prominent in the statements of theBolsonaro family once again.This time, the deputy of Sao Paulo Eduardo Bolsonaro said hewould use Institutional Act No. 5 to refrain a potential radicalization of the left in Brazil.
Institutional Act No. 5 from 1968, known as AI-5, institutionalized repression, censorship andpersecution against political opponents of the government in power - allowing arrests, tortureand executions, as well as determining the closure of the National Congress and stateassemblies. AI-5 was the decree that undermined democratic freedoms, resulting in 20,000victims of torture, more than 400 deaths and disappearances, 7,000 exiles and 800 arrests forpolitical reasons.
It is unacceptable in a democratic society to threaten to disrupt the functioning of democracticinstitutions, to stimulate authoritarian measures and to encourage brutality. Such an attitudemust be strictly rejected and punished by all citizens, political actors and institutions who upholdthe democratic rule of law and believe that a fair political construction can only be possiblewithin a democracy.
This statement follows a trend of authoritarian discourses from politicians of the currentgovernment, who have been frequently manifesting their disregard for democracy - including thepresident’s praising comments about authoritarian periods of Brazilian history.
Differently from what Eduardo Bolsonaro states, a strong country presumes a democracticstate, solid institutions and free individuals.
The organizations below manifest their deep repudiation of this threat to democracy and urgeother pro-democracy actors from varied political identities to join this gesture and repudiate thismenace.
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