Protesters being illegal and unlawfully framed for conspiracy, arbitrary preventive arrests, mask usage prohibition and accusations of violence incitation on social networks.
State severely prohibits the use of mask by the protesters but allows the police to use gas masks and other masks that prevent identification. On September 7th, Brazilian Independence Day, protests have again took place all over the country claiming for social improvement, however, fundamental civil rights were severely violated.
Arbitrary arrests performed by Military Police corporations, abuse of authority and masks usage prohibition even after identification of the users, reflects the several violations to rights such as free press and manifestation. A journalist was arrested by a military police officer from Minas Gerais State accused of inciting violence using his camera (as we can see on a public video published on YouTube). Now, I have a question for the international community: how is it possible for a journalist to use his camera in order to incite violence?
Such repression of civil rights violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/) fairly consented by Member States that must behave in cooperation with United Nations according to Articles 19th and 20th item 1 that refers to freedom of speech and reunion.
The fact that the Brazilian State allows directly or indirectly the criminalization of people who organize manifestations through social networks as violence instigators, even when they are not connected to violent acts, goes against democratic fundamental rights and the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Some videos and publications from high credibility brazilian journalists and also the position of International Amnesty reports detailed facts of such violations.
Last August, the daily “Diário Independente de Pernambuco” has denounced that two protesters were kidnapped from their homes and tortured. Slightly after the moment when Brazil is facing public protests against State’s growing violence with the example of the disappearance of a working man that lived in the worldwide known Rio de Janeiro urban slum “favela da Rocinha”. The bricklayer assistant, Amarildo de Souza, was taken away by a unit of the “Peacemaker Police” of the Military Police and never came back. After that the number of disappearance is increasing.
Later, on September 7th, on the Federal District next to the National Congress, a small group of protesters was confronted by a Military Police officer Bruno Captain (capitão Bruno /PMDF Choque). After pacifically determining a non-crossing location, the officer attacked the group with tear gas, even though they haven’t surpassed the line. In a polity manner, a protester questioned the officer why he attacked them if they have respected established limits. The officer answered that he attacked them because he wanted to and, evidently trusting on impunity, ironically said that they could press charges if they wanted to. All this in front of the cameras.
I realize that when police entities that should protect and treat protesters as citizens, treat them as enemies of state, due to a military police hierarchical structure doctrine that treats the confronted as enemy and not as a citizen. It becomes clear the proposition on the UN Human Rights Council report regarding the necessity of extinction of the Brazilian military police and a replacement of the military doctrine by a citizenship orientation.
Several groups inside the Military Police corporations are currently raising the aggressive tone and persecution with those that speaks for the media and social networks. As an example, Paulo Baía, Sociologist, political scientist and former state secretary for the Human Rights, who was kidnapped by hooded agents and death threatened after an interview to a TV newscast criticizing the military police performance.
Journalists covering manifestations are generally assaulted with rubber bullets in the head and any other part of the body, are arrested with weapons pointed at them and menaced with use of force to delete files in their cameras containing images showing police abuse.
After that, a group of independent journalists and reporters called “Midia Ninja” started to cover the manifestations. The group was claimed by the French diary Le Monde and The Guardian Britsh that praised their methods and actions on the streets transmitted directly to the social network media in real time. They generally cover the manifestations in an impartial manner, without distorting facts, unlike great part of the ordinary media has been doing. Images are sent live directly from their Smartphone through twitter to show the truth of what is going on the streets.
This was one of the ways out that Brazilian people have found to contain the threats performed by the agents of the State. Even though, the media ninja independent journalists are being accused and persecuted to prevent them from showing the world the facts, as they really are. It is common to hear from media communicators and other fonts that politicians and military police chiefs pleads that it’s not of best interest that the UN has access to such images showing police abuse during manifestations, their repressive or incriminating attitudes and also the restriction of press freedom.
I analyze that, when State Agents no longer fear the camera lenses and the organization of the democratic societies through social networks to disclose the facts to the international community, we stand before the eminent danger of the totalitarian state.