In one more nod to evangelical electoratethe public with whom President Jair Bolsonaro account to try leverage your reelection campaignfor the third time in less than a month the ex-captain will participate in a March for Jesusa religious act self-titled as “the largest open-air Christian event in the world” and which has been part of the official Brazilian calendar since 2009.
The Chief Executive confirmed his presence at the celebration scheduled for this Saturday, 25th, in Camboriú Bathhouse (SC), organized by the Council of Pastors of Santa Catarina. At the end of May Bolsonaro had already attended the March for Jesus in Manaus. A week before, he was in a similar act in Curitiba.
THE electoral law does not prevent politicians to participate in public acts, but prohibits them from asking for votes. In case of disobedience, political opponents are ready to question a possible early election propagandaan irregularity that can be punished with a fine, or, in more serious situations, such as abuse of power.
Bolsonaro’s presence in the March for Jesus in Manaus, for example, was exploited by the president as a way to justify at the time the recent reduction of tax rates on industrialized products (IPI) across the country, a measure interpreted as predatory by advocates of Manaus Free Trade Zone – they even questioned the Executive’s action in the Federal Supreme Court (STF). “The Manaus Free Trade Zone will never be affected by this government. This government reduces taxes throughout Brazil and the tax reduction is beneficial for the entire country. Nobody will lose anything here by reducing tax such as IPI Tax on Industrialized Products. I have never seen a country grow by raising or creating new taxes,” he said during the March for Jesus in the Amazonian capital.