Bolsonaro mobilizes supporters to show strength on 9/7

Bolsonaro mobilizes supporters to show strength on 9/7
Bolsonaro mobilizes supporters to show strength on 9/7

With this, they plan to insist on the thesis they dubbed “Datapovo”: to try to oppose opinion polls

Marianna Holanda, Matheus Teixeira and Thiago Resende

President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) wants to use the Independence holiday, on September 7, to give a show of force and bring together his most loyal electoral bases less than a month away from the first round.
Bolsonaro and his allies have been mobilizing businesspeople, especially in agribusiness, and evangelical leaders to try to ensure that the demonstrations have a significant audience.

With that, they plan to insist on the thesis they dubbed “Datapovo”: to try to counter opinion polls – in which Bolsonaro appears behind former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) – with images of popular street demonstrations.

Datafolha poll released last Thursday (2) showed Bolsonaro 13 points behind Lula. The PT leads with 45% of voting intentions, against 32% for the president.

Last year, September 7 was marked by Bolsonaro’s coup statements and attacks against ministers of the STF (Federal Supreme Court). The president’s threats in 2021 deepened the crisis between the Planalto and the Judiciary. The temperature began to drop after Bolsonaro, who was heavily criticized at the time, released a letter in which he denied that he had any intention of attacking the other Powers.

Aides to the president say that on this holiday, unlike last year, the acts should have a more electoral content. There are fears, however, of possible new attacks by Bolsonaro against institutions and ministers of the Judiciary, which could reinforce the image of the president as a radical leader among the electorate.

From the campaign’s point of view, the fear is that an eventual radicalization will serve to increase the rejection of the chief executive – today at a high rate of 52%. Surveys that allies had access to show that the undecided voter, whom Bolsonaro seeks, does not like it when he adopts more aggressive or coup behavior.


The hypothesis of radicalization of Bolsonaro’s speech gained strength on Saturday (3), when he referred to Minister Alexandre de Moraes, president of the TSE (Superior Electoral Court), as a “vagabundo” because of the action against Bolsonarist businessmen who, in a group WhatsApp, defended a coup d’état if Lula wins the elections.

Among the targets of the operation is Luciano Hang, a first-time ally of the President of the Republic.
Bolsonaro is expected to accompany the civic-military parade in Brasília in the morning. In the afternoon, he should travel to Rio for a demonstration of supporters in Copacabana that will also have demonstrations of FAB (Brazilian Air Force) planes and Navy ships.
In recent weeks, evangelical leaders began to call more people to the streets. Pastor Silas Malafaia, for example, should participate in the acts in Brasília and Rio. “I don’t think he [Bolsonaro] will use the same tone as the 7th of September last year”, he said, noting that the president is now on campaign. “If he does, I don’t believe he’s going to say anything Supreme. Go talk about Brazil, about government.”

After the operation against Bolsonarista businessmen, Malafaia released a video on social media saying that Moraes is a “disgraceful man who tears up the Constitution” and calling people to act.

Bolsonaro has participated in recent months in the main editions of the March for Jesus in capitals, in which he took the opportunity to summon the faithful to take to the streets on the Independence holiday. “On the 7th, we will all, at 3 pm, be present in Copacabana, where we will give a very loud cry, saying who this nation belongs to and what we want, which is transparency and freedom”, he spoke, at the Rio march. .


In addition, Bolsonarist evangelical leaders, such as Pastor Cláudio Duarte and JB Carvalho, started a fasting and prayer campaign until the election date.

Bolsonaro also sought to retain another important support in his quest for reelection: agribusiness. Not by chance, at the invitation of the Planalto, 28 tractors should participate in the civic-military parade that will take place on the Esplanada dos Ministérios. The idea is that they represent the economic importance of agriculture.

In Mato Grosso, where the economy is based on this sector, political leaders and businessmen must pay for transportation and, in some cases, even food for those who want to travel from the state to Brasília for the 7th of September. “We must fill a bus, but other cities must take more people as well”, said the president of the rural union in Sinop, Ilson José Redivo.

Bolsonaro’s vice president, Braga Netto, visited the city last week. Senator Flávio Bolsonaro (PL-RJ), the week before.


Leader of the Green and Yellow Brazil Movement, which was created by ruralists and created billboards throughout Brasília to call for the demonstration on Independence Day, businessman Antônio Galvan is also expected to attend the event in Brasília.

“We are going to try to get a lot of people there. But there must also be acts in the cities for those who cannot go and [for] stay in the state,” said Galvan – who was quoted in the inquiry that investigates last year’s anti-democratic acts.

Another name of Bolsonarism that should attend the acts in Rio and Brasília is Hang, owner of Havan stores. A notorious supporter of the president, he was invited by Bolsonaro to participate alongside him in the demonstrations. A gesture for the businessman, who was the target of the operation authorized by Moraes. “I received the invitation and will be there, as I did in 2019, to celebrate 200 years of our Independence and freedom,” said Hang.


According to campaign members, the businessman’s departure symbolizes the speech for freedom of expression that the president seeks to reinforce. But they admit that his presence on stage can be understood as an affront to Moraes and a sign that Bolsonaro may adopt a critical tone against the minister in his speech.
In 2021, in addition to coup threats against the STF, Bolsonaro urged disobedience to court decisions.


The weeks leading up to the Independence holiday last year were some of the most tense in the Bolsonaro administration. The president was politically isolated, pressured by the crisis between the Powers and by the high inflation and energy crisis. The assessment of allies is that he needed to project strength after successive negative news for the government.

Posters carried by protesters called for military intervention, a printed vote (after Congress defeated the proposal), impeachment of STF ministers and dissolution of the TSE.

A year later, Bolsonaro, who is seeking reelection, even asked supporters not to carry posters defending a coup. Which does not mean that he will not criticize the electronic voting machines and Moraes.

The videos that circulate calling for the act speak of “freedom” and “clean and transparent elections”, two slogans that Bolsonarism usually uses against the electronic voting system.

The article is in Portuguese

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