Chamber Will Study Ways to Protect Deputy who Accused Minister of Death Threats

Alê Silva received the threats after reporting a fake candidate scheme

Danielle Brandt

The Attorney and the Secretary of Women of the Chamber of Deputies will meet this week to evaluate methods to protect deputy Alê Silva (PSL-MG), who said she received death threats from Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, the minister of Tourism, after reporting a fake candidate scheme led by him.

The case involves the use of fake candidates by PSL, President Jair Bolsonaro's party. The Policial Federal and the Public Ministry investigated the case in Minas Gerais and Pernambuco. The report led to the ouster of Gustavo Bebianno, the former minister of General Secretary of the President, who led the party in 2018. 

Deputy Alê Silva (PSL-MG) Foto: Najara Araujo/Câmara dos Deputados

In an interview published Saturday (13) in Folha, Alê Silva said she received information that the Álvaro Antônio threatened her in a meeting with supporters at the end of March in Belo Horizonte. 

The minister of tourism denied it and accused the deputy of launching a defamation campaign in order to elevate herself. 

Deputy Jandira Feghali (PC do B-RJ), minority leader in the Chamber, said that Alê Silva’s complaint is serious and that the government must protect her. 

"The attitude towards the minister is a government question, but in relation to her, the security actions must be taken. And this must be a formal request not from her, but from the House because she is part of the Brazilian Parliament,” Feghali said. 

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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