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Armed Men in Brazil Prevent Distribution of Paper Denouncing Politicians

Rio's daily Extra Last Sunday, September 28, 2008, a group of men, some of them armed, bought 30,000 copies of the daily newspaper Extra newspaper – a popular publication belonging to the powerful Globo group – in the Baixada Fluminense region of Rio de Janeiro state, in southeastern Brazil in order to stop the newspaper from reaching the public.

The newspaper's front page carried a story entitled, "Campaigning members of Assembly lie in order to safeguard salary of R$ 13,000." Thirteen thousand reais are equivalent to US$ 6,722. The men went to the paper's distribution center in Belford Roxo and bought the Sunday paper copies before they could be distributed.

The article alleged that members of Rio's Assembly, who are candidates in upcoming municipal elections in Brazil, scheduled for October 5, have been absent from their assembly work in Rio de Janeiro and have fabricated other commitments as reasons for their absences in order to avoid having their salaries reduced.

The assemblymen mentioned in the Extra story, Marcelo Simão (from the PHS party), Alessandro Calazans (PMN) and Rodrigo Neves (PT), are running for mayor of São João de Meriti's, Nilópolis (both in the Baixada Fluminense) and Niterói (in the metropolitan area of Rio), respectively.

According to the newspaper, the three candidates lied to Rio's Legislative Assembly in order not to have a discount in their salaries for having been absent from work while they were campaigning.

In a note, all of those denounced by the newspaper condemned the en-masse purchase of the paper and assured that they don't have any connection to the action of the gang that was allegedly led by a fire department colonel. The fire department brass says they have started an investigation to identify the military man.

The president of Brazil's Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) Carlos Ayres Britto, condemned the groups who prevented the sale of the newspaper. He stated that it is the duty of the electoral Justice to react against this kind of action. 

"The Public Prosecutor's Office is aware of what's happening and measures will be taken. We will find out exactly what happened, said Brito, adding: "All of these episodes bring an element of disturbance to the electoral process. We cannot cover the sun with a sieve. And we'll always react, because this is our duty."

He didn't say, however, what the TSE might do.

ABRAJI, the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism, has published a statement outlining its opinion that the buying of the copies of Extra newspaper constitutes a threat to freedom of
expression and democracy in Brazil. The organization called on the
Brazilian authorities to investigate the incident.



  • Show Comments (8)

  • dnbaiacu

    Words from “worthless toilet paper”
    [quote][3 But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2À‚ For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3À‚ having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4À‚ betrayers, headstrong, puffed up [with pride], lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5À‚ having a form of godly devotion but proving false to its power; and from these turn away./quote]
    2Timothy 3:1-5

    Expect things to get worse by the day. There’s no need complaining or worrying about it unduly. Just be careful about who is in your inner circle. And careful of what you choose to trust and believe.
    It is so simple 😉

  • dnbaiacu

    Just a reminder
    [quote]I suppose one most go to Congo, Zimbabwe and Nigeria to find higher levels of shameful conduct among the political elite[/quote]

    The above mentioned countries experience the corrupt policies of the “foriegn policy” of OTHER colonizing nations. This corruption is human nature (for now) and no nation throughout history is innocent or has a monopoly on it. Any first world country didn’t get there by being wholly BENEVOLENT. They just know how to hide and disguise it better.

    Augustus are you having a bad week 🙂 You have been in rare form these few days.

  • CH.C.

    Hmmmmm !!!!!
    – For once… I agree with Vinnycarioca ! He finally reads correctly…at times !

    😀 😉

    – The article is a clear proof that MANY of your politicians are linked to crimes gangs !

    – What is Bin the Crook going to say ? Simple : either how he deplores it…..or NOTHING !!!!!!

  • VinnyCarioca

    In the List of Least Corrupt Brazil Gets 80th Place in the World
    To be deemed more (albeit not much more) corrupt than two totalitarian police states is a rather sad testament to Brazil. How sad.

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Well at least they bought the papers.[/quote]

    In how many installments? Did they use stolen credit cards?

  • aes

    Well at least they bought the papers.

  • João da Silva

    Lord Augustus, it is a pleasure to hear from you after a long time. I hope that you have fully recovered from your illness to give us all your blunt opinion on various issues that are affecting our great republic.

    [quote]There appears to be no limit to the depth of corruption in Brazil, particularly among politicians of any level. How much lower are they likely to sink in their never ending pursuit of swindling, robbing, lying, and bribingÀ¢€¦ Their sordid inventive gimmicks appear to be boundless![/quote]

    Unfortunately what you said is absolutely true and the politicians are setting bad example to people in [i]all segments[/i] of the Brazilian society. It has come to a point that even a “sindico” of a building is being elected based on his CPI (Corruption Practice Index). More he is corrupt, more votes he gets!! I cant believe that we have come to a level where moral scruples do not exist anymore.

    However, I take solace in the fact there are still some stellar individuals like you that condemn this odious practice that has become a cancer (or AIDS) to our society.

    BTW, this is another topic on which you can contribute with a nice article and I am certain that our fellow bloggers would love to comment on it.

  • Augustus

    Typical Brazilian Corruption // Shameful Politicians
    There appears to be no limit to the depth of corruption in Brazil, particularly among politicians of any level. How much lower are they likely to sink in their never ending pursuit of swindling, robbing, lying, and bribingÀ¢€¦ Their sordid inventive gimmicks appear to be boundless!

    If only Brazilians politicians would allocate half the energy utilized in corruption scams, into constructive, positive efforts, or projects designed to improve their living standards, working conditions, education advancement and environment protection, the country would have been nearly developed.
    I suppose one most go to Congo, Zimbabwe and Nigeria to find higher levels of shameful conduct among the political eliteÀ¢€¦

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