A decision by the Federal Court maintained an injunction requested by the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) to prevent the holding of medium and large Carnival events in Praça Tiradentes, the main tourist attraction in Ouro Preto, in the Central region of the State. The city’s initial programming called for blocks at the site.
According to the MPF, if the decision is not complied with, the city will be fined R$1 million. The request to ban parties at the site is to “avoid damage to historical heritage and ensure the safety of the population given the high risk of fires at the site and the lack of concrete actions on the part of the municipality to manage and prevent accidents related to major events” .
Also according to the MPF, one of the reasons for the ban is the need to rigorously investigate the causes of a short circuit that occurred in July last year at the Inconfidência Museum. “There is strong evidence that the energy overload was caused by festivities that took place in Tiradentes square during the Winter Festival, placing the listed cultural heritage and citizens in serious danger”, says the Federal Public Ministry, which also points out that there is no Risk Management Plan for the listed urban complex of Ouro Preto.
The injunction against holding events in the square has been in place since last year. Ouro Preto City Hall, however, tried to overturn the decision, but the Federal Court maintained the injunction. A conciliation hearing was scheduled for Monday (February 5) for the MPF and Ouro Preto City Hall to try to reach an agreement.
When contacted, the Secretary of Culture and Tourism of Ouro Preto, Flávio Malta, stated that maintaining the injunction is a protocol action and that he will present, at Monday’s hearing, the project approved by Iphan, in addition to the fire fighting plan. , risk actions and alternatives created to prevent any type of damage to property and people who will be on site. “So we await the hearing for final authorization for Carnival. The Carnival circuit at other addresses is already authorized by Iphan with all the necessary precautions that we are already taking, such as closing the listed goods with fences. There will also be increased inspection to assess the sound density of mechanical sounds. We are confident and hopeful that this hearing will free up the square. Carnival is not just a time for fun, it is also a generation of savings, as we expect R$15 million to circulate in the city during this period,” he declared.
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