Brazil's Supreme Court Authorizes Investigation of Pro-Coup Military Act Involving Bolsonaro

Last Sunday, the president spoke at a demonstration with requests for military intervention by his supporters


Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes authorized an investigation into the demonstrations held last Sunday (19). Attorney General Augusto Aras requested the investigation on Monday.

Aras' wants to investigate possible violations of the National Security Law by "acts against the Brazilian democracy regime by several citizens, including federal deputies."

"The Brazilian State admits the only ideology that is that of the participatory democracy regime. Any attack on democracy violates the Constitution and the National Security Law," said the attorney general, without mentioning President Jair Bolsonaro, who also participated in an act in Brasília.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro coughs as he speaks after joining his supporters who were taking part in a motorcade to protest against quarantine and social distancing measures to combat the new coronavirus outbreak in Brasilia on April 19, 2020. (Photo by Sergio LIMA / AFP) - AFP

Interlocutors of the attorney general say that initially, Bolsonaro will not be investigated. They warn, however, that they find evidence that the chief executive helped organize the demonstrations, he could be the target of the investigation.

The National Security Law to which the attorney general refers was enacted in 1983 and typifies crimes that can be committed against the political and social order. The legislation provides for crimes that harm "territorial integrity and national sovereignty"; the representative democratic regime"; and "the person of the heads of the Powers of the Union."

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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