Former government minister Jair Bolsonaro (no party) and retired general Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz criticized repeated threats to elections in Brazil. During participation in the UOL News this afternoon, he defended that Brazilian justice acts to punish this type of attitude.
“Justice has to demand from these people legal accountability for what they are doing. The problem is that we are not applying the law,” he said. “You have to be forceful, you have to be strong in your answers, and you have to apply the law,” he added.
If there are no answers, the staff said, there will be a loss of credibility in the electoral process. The retired military also emphasizes the risk of these attitudes resulting in “violence up ahead” since, according to him, the intention of the discussion on the electoral process is to “cause turmoil”.
The former minister commented on the recent statements attributed to the Minister of Defense, Walter Braga Netto, who sent a message conditioning the holding of the 2022 elections to the approval of the printed vote, according to a report in the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo.
“This directly strikes an important foundation of democracy. And it’s not just that fact, it’s been happening. People are speaking out, governors saying that the election was rigged, governors saying they’re preparing to rig the election,” he said.
In addition, Santos Cruz said that this “is not a matter for the Ministry of Defense” but for the Legislative. In the view of the former minister, anyone who threatens the process or discloses accusations and lies about fraud, whether military or civil, should be held responsible by the Electoral Justice.