Vice-President of the Republic, General Hamilton Mourão, defended that the meetings are different from ballads and clandestine parties, banned in the pandemic for causing crowds of people
The Minister Gilmar Mendes, of the Supreme Federal Court, denied on Monday, 5, a request to suspend a decree from the government of São Paulo that completely prohibited the realization of religious activities in the State. The PSD’s action pointed to the ban as an affront to the right to religious freedom. Faced with the impasse created within the court itself, the President of the House, Luiz Fux put the matter on the agenda for this Wednesday’s session. The Vice President of the Republic, general Hamilton Mourão, affirmed that the ideal would be that the decision was taken by the plenary, even to avoid the public debate that was seen in the last days. According to him, everything that involves pandemic it generates controversy, but it must be admitted that religious meetings are very different from the parties that spread throughout the country. “People who attend services, temples, are even more disciplined people. It is different from ballads and clandestine parties that take place. I am not going to put it on the same level, they are totally different activities, one is spiritual and the other corporal, ”he said.
The release of services and masses on the eve of Easter Sunday generated a new discussion on the autonomy of governors and mayors to define rules and measures of isolation during a pandemic Covid-19. The individual decision of Minister Kássio Nunes Marques displeased the mayors, who expect a reversal of the determination, criticized even by some members of the Supreme Court. At the Planalto Palace, the minister’s position was received with enthusiasm, since the president himself is an outspoken critic of social isolation measures. Vice President Hamilton Mourão explained that, in his understanding, it is necessary to consider the reality of each church or temple to determine whether it is possible to meet safely. “It depends on the person, it depends on the temple. If you have a church that has a good space, you limit 20 or 30 separate people, two per bank, everyone with a mask, obviously, I think there are conditions. When there are tight temples and a lot of people inside, it is obviously not convenient, ”he said. In the decision, Nunes Marques clarifies that the release of the celebrations depends on compliance with rules of social distance.
* With information from reporter Luciana Verdolin