Episodes of violence against politicians grow in Brazil

The study by the Observatory of Political and Electoral Violence, a publication of the Electoral Research Group of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), indicated that there were 214 cases between January and June, against 169 in the first half of last year.

According to the investigation, the threat was the most frequent violence against politicians, with 89 recorded events.

Assaults were another common type of attack, with 42 cases. Homicides appear as the third most recorded violence, with 40 incidents.

The survey also found 27 attacks, 11 homicides of family members, two kidnappings, two of relatives and one attack against a family member.

According to the survey, between April and June, with the approach of the October 2 elections and, consequently, of the electoral campaigns, there was more violence against people who will dispute the lawsuit.

Since the beginning of the year, the politicians who suffered the most were the councilors, victims of 95 acts of violence.

In addition, 19 mayors, 14 state deputies, four federal parliamentarians, four senators, four deputy mayors and four candidates for president of the Republic were the target of some type of attack.

Men are the most affected victims and totaled 176 cases, while women counted 38 incidents. The most attacked parties this year were Republicans (18 times), Liberal (17), Social Democratic (17), Workers (17), Socialism and Liberty (14), Progressive (13), Union Brazil (12) and Social Democracy Brazilian (11).

The reported cases of violence were obtained by this UFRJ research group from the monitoring of national media, including radio and television news, newspapers and printed magazines, journalistic blogs and digital channels.

Recently, political analyst and professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo Rosemary Segurado explained that the intimidations are part of a larger strategy to spread fear.

“It serves to make people feel intimidated by a phone, a message, they stop exercising their political activity defending their ideals and their democratic right as a citizen to actively participate in the country’s political process,” said the teacher.

He denounced that the far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro since he took office in January 2019 “is one of the leaders who spreads hate speech.”



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