Manifestos for Democracy in Brazil Unite Ideological Opponents

Movement defending the Constitution and independence of Powers harken back to the 1984 Diretas Já movement

São Paulo

Manifestos in favor of democracy have taken over social media and newspapers in recent days, seeking to recreate a climate of Diretas Já. This new movement was spurred on by Jair Bolsonaro's attack on Brazil's institutions.

If the comparison with the 1984 movement sounds somewhat exaggerated, there is one commonality between the two moments—authoritarianism is the common enemy.

In general, there is no explicit defense of the removal of the President.

Diretas Já was a civil unrest movement which, in 1984, demanded direct presidential elections in Brazil. - Reprodução

The biggest initiative is the Movement We Are Together, launched the day before yesterday. It gathered 8,000 signatures per hour and collected more than 150,000 names this Sunday.

On Sunday (31), another manifesto from the legal community appeared. With the title of Basta! (Enough!)It gathers around 720 legal professionals.

There were more positions, such as that of the College of Presidents of Courts of Justice, which defended the Supreme Federal Court.

Another, signed by 535 names from the Federal Public Ministry, demanded that the President choose the Attorney General from a list of three names generated by the Public Ministry.

There were also manifestos of a sectorial nature, in areas such as the environment and foreign relations.

The latest Datafolha survey showed that 43% of Brazilians consider the government bad or very bad, a record in management.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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