A politician in Brazil was physically and verbally assaulted, supposedly by a group of left-wing protesters. Her wedding guests were harrased over her family’s support for President Michel Temer. The politician is Maria Victoria Barros, only 25 years old, and she’s a member of the state assembly in Parana. The seemingly nepotistic part of the story is that she’s also the daughter of president Temer’s appointed minister of health. Democratic? Not according to the protesters, obviously.
In fact, it was hundreds of demonstrators that had gathered outside the church where the ceremony was taking place on Friday evening ready to express their dissatisfaction. Bombarded with eggs, she had to leave the church in an armored car. The state’s political elite, including her father, Ricardo Barros, and her mother, Cida Borghetti, Parana’s deputy governor were all at the glamorous ceremony.
Even Congress members of Brazil, at least 30 of them, traveled from the capital Brasilia to be at the Parana state capital, Curitiba for the wedding. Maria V. Barros stated that the protest had been “financed by left-wing parties and unions” because of her mother’s political involvement. The attacks against some of the guests felt hard to watch, but she insisted that this is “the price of democracy” in Brazil.
Anti-government demonstrators armed with signs and eggs were accusing her of being a “coup plotter”. A video posted on YouTube shows security guards opening umbrellas to try to protect the bride and groom as they left the Church of the Rosary. A detachment of riot police was eventually called in to protect the newly-weds and their guests.
It was again made clear that the people’s will in Brazil is still very divided on political issues and governance as well as the state’s willingness to combat nepotism and “coup plotting”. This situation is an extension of dissatisfaction which was produced by the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff last year. Lula served eight years as president until 2011. Federal Judge Sergio Moro, from Parana state, ruled that he could remain free pending an appeal.