Brazil: Black PT Candidate in Mina Gerais Receives Death Threat

By Igor Carvalho on September 16, 2022.

Andréia de Jesus, Photo: William Dias.

“We are going to eliminate you.” The email message received by state Representative Andreia de Jesus , a black woman and Workers Party (PT) candidate for re-election in Minas Gerais, said. In the message sent last Thursday, the attacker, who used an anonymous email address, made a clear reference to former progressive Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco  brutally murdered on March 14, 2018.

“Congresswoman Andreia de Jesus, I will be direct. We are tired of your attacks on the Minas Gerais family. So we are going to eliminate you. It will be shots in the buttocks and in the back, because traitors like you deserve it. You will not even see what hit you. Your days are numbered and your end is only a matter of time. Very little time. Marielle is waiting for you. Ustra lives! Jungla!”, finished the criminal message.

The slogan of the torturer Brilhante Ustra is common among supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL), who commonly honors the former military officer, accused of several crimes during the military dictatorship, who died on October 15, 2015.

The congresswoman responded on social networks: “Yesterday was supposed to be a happy day of reunions with President Lula and the people of Montes Claros, but on the contrary, I was left thinking once again about how my life and that of so many black people women in this country are not treated as livable lives,” she lamented.

According to Andreia de Jesus, her team has already taken legal action to track down whoever made the threat. “We fight every day to guarantee human rights – I know I am not alone in this fight! I am the seed of Marielle Franco, I bloom, every day I become stronger and I will not let myself be interrupted”, she concluded.

None of this is new, since the end of last year the deputy has been the target of several death threats. The attacks began after the Human Rights Commission of the Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais (ALMG) demanded an investigation into a police operation in Varginha, in the south of Minas Gerais, which resulted in the death of 26 people.

Source: Resumen Latinoamericano – Buenos Aires