The Federal Police arrested two men who insulted vice-president-elect Geraldo Alckmin (PSB) around 11:30 pm on Wednesday (23). The case happened when Alckmin arrived at the hotel where he is staying, in the central region of Brasília (DF), where he has been staying to coordinate the transition of government. The information is from Folha de S. Paulo.
The men were detained after disrespecting the federal police officers who provide security for the vice-elect. One of them, who was armed, identified himself as a retired Federal Police agent.
In a statement, one of the police officers said that a man, identified as Rosemário Queiroz, went towards Alckmin and called him a “shame”. When trying to remove Rosemário, the police suffered a reaction from the man, who said he had “freedom of expression. Afterwards, he called a policeman a “tramp” for being “defending a thief”.
After the situation was under control, according to the police officer in his statement, a friend of Rosemário approached him. He was identified as Alcides Frederico Moraes and, according to the police, he was “visibly armed”. Alcides questioned the actions of the police, stating: “Federal Police are the shit, I’m a policeman”.
In an altered tone, Alcides said that the police were wrong “to defend a thief”, adding the suspicion of fraud in the elections. Still according to the man, Alckmin and president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) “would not go up the ramp” of the Planalto Palace.
Still according to statements by a police officer, there was “progressive use of force” to contain the confusion, without the use of a firearm. The two men were taken to the PF Superintendence in the Federal District.
THE TIME is now in Brasilia. Access the special cover of the federal capital to the news of the Three Powers.