May 6, 2009

Brazil: Online and Offline Protests Against Supreme Court President

A demonstrations demanding that Brazil's Supreme Court President Gilmar Mendes steps down took place in three Brazilian states (Brasília, Belo Horizonte and São Paulo). Around 10,000 people were expected to show up in the simultaneous protests.

Earlier this month, a row between Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes and Joaquim Barbosa, both magistrates of Brazil’s Supreme Court, was broadcast live on television has been denounced as 'shameful' by the press and bloggers, as reported by Global Voices Online.

Some reactions:

  1. Myris
    myris (Brasil) Impeachment ao Ministro Gilmar Mendes? #SaiaGilmar (Impeachment against Judge Gilmar Mendes?)
  2. Junior
    Escalafobetico (Indaial) Daqui a pouco o Gilmar Mendes dá um jeito de foder com a liberdade na internet,aham, #SaiaGilmar (It will not take long for Gilmar Mendes to f••k with freedom on the Internet, aham)
  3. João Porto
    joaoporto (Brasília) Protesto contra Gilmar Mendes em três capitais (demonstrations against Gilmar Mendes in three capital cities)
  4. Gilmar Crestani
    crestani (Brasil) Estou na contramão. Não sou a favor do "fora gilmar" simplesmente porque não se pode expelir fezes sem a participação de órgão apropriado... (I'm against the tides. I don't support the "go away gilmar" simplely because it is not possible to get rid of excrement without the help of relevant organs...)
  5. Brunna Souza
    BrunnaSouza (Goiânia) Campanha: "Ministro Gilmar Mendes saia às ruas e não volte ao STF". (Campaign: "Judge Gilmar Mendes go away and do not come back to STF").
  6. Eduardo Patriota
    duduziuz (São Paulo) Sucesso para o povo que vai hoje à luta pelo impeachment de Gilmar Mendes! Por um Brasil mais justo #saiagilmar (Wishing success to the people going to the streets to fight for Gilmar Mendes' impeachment! Por um Brasil mais justo #saiagilmar)
  7. Jorge Magalhães
    magal (Macaé) Ministro Gilmar Mendes, disse nesta quarta que considera normal manifestações pedindo a sua saída da presidência, pois é saia à rua ministro (judge Gilmar Mendes said this wednesday that he thinks it is normal to have demonstrations calling him to leave the presidency, yeah go to the streets, Mr Judge)
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Barbosa had accused Mendes of “destroying the credibility of the judicial system” and challenged Mendes to talk to the man on the street, to measure his low level of popularity. Today's protest was "to demand that Mendes do so – and never came back"

The main tag of the day is #foragilmar, but there were also #saiagilmar and #foragilmarday. There is an reactions aggregator and the "Go Away Gilmar" campaign has its own blog in Portuguese.

Some photos by twitpic user proveisso fromthe protest in Brasilia, in front of the Supreme Court buildings:

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