Brazil. Who’s Who: Meet the People Accused of Organizing and Financing Coup Acts

By Igor Carvalho, Brasil de Fato / Latin American Summary, November 18, 2022.

Agribusiness entrepreneurs, a privileged sector for Bolsonaro in his government, top the list

Based on reports sent by police from different spheres and by the Public Ministry, the Minister of the Superior Federal Court (STF), Alexandre de Moraes, determined, last Saturday (12), the blocking of bank accounts of 43 people and companies accused to incite, support, participate and finance undemocratic acts that demand military intervention in Brazil after the failure at the polls of Jair Bolsonaro (PL) defeated in the race for the presidency of the Republic by Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The list is dominated by names linked to agribusiness, a sector that maintains close relations with Jair Bolsonaro and that has benefited from the measures taken by the current government, mainly within the Ministry of the Environment. During the management of former minister Ricardo Salles the holder of the portfolio came to admit that it was necessary to “let the cattle pass”

The defendants were responsible, according to the investigations, for organizing the strikes in avenues, highways and roads in various regions of the country. The survey contrasts with the Bolsonaro version that anti-democratic acts would be spontaneous, without any financial or political stimulus.

The list also shows that among the main organizers and financiers of the demonstrations of the complainant Bolsonaro members are businessmen from Jair Bolsonaro’s personal circle, bringing the acts of the Presidency of the Republic closer.

brazil de fato highlighted some of the names that appear in the reports submitted to Minister Alexandre de Moraes. Verify.

Jorge José de Moura and Henrique Luís Cardoso Neto are two businessmen linked to Acre’s agribusiness and were at the forefront of the strikes in the state. Both are accused of organizing and financing the coup protests and personally went to the roadblock on BR364, where they recorded videos and invited the local population to demonstrations at the Army headquarters.

The duo is a grain and cattle farmer in Acre. Moura is known as the “king of soy” in the state and was arrested red-handed on November 10, 2021, in Xapuri, for illegally carrying a weapon.

Neto, owner of Fazenda Nitheroy, was a candidate for councilor in his hometown, Senador Guiomar, in 2016. At the time, the rancher declared that he had R$8 million in assets.

The coup demonstrations in Ceará ended with 55 fines for a value of R$ 968 thousand, applied to the leaders of the barriers on roads and highways. According to the investigation, there are two organizers responsible for the mobilizations, the criminal policeman Abrahao Vinicius Batista Possidonio and the sergeant PM Anderson Alves Pontes Garcias.

Minas Gerais
Cristiano Rodrigues dos Reis and Esdras Jonatas dos Santos are identified by the Minas Gerais Military Police as the main leaders of the coup acts in the state. The corporation’s investigation was referred to the STF and served as the basis for Alexandre de Moraes’ decision.

Reis is a sales manager for Dicabelo, a hair care company, and a leader of the Movimento Direita BH, which serves as an auxiliary line to Bolsonarism in the capital of Minas Gerais, with far-right banners. In his social networks, he does not hide his commitment to the demonstrations and agendas incorporated by the Bolsonaristas. In addition, there are photos with several political leaders close to the current president, such as the former minister and senator-elect Damares Alves (Republicans) and the governor of Minas Gerais, Romeu Zema (Novo).

“This movement is not a movement in defense of a candidate, but in defense of our homeland, because we, in civil and military society, do not accept a bandit at the head of this Republic. God save our Brazil ”, said Reis, in a video posted on his social networks, last Tuesday (15), in which he appears wearing an Army shirt.

Esdras Jonatas dos Santos is a businessman in the textile sector and is one of the partners of the Lemy brand, in Belo Horizonte. In his social networks, a pattern break is noted in the style of his publications.

Since October 31, the date of the defeat of Jair Bolsonaro (PL) by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), Santos has made 32 publications related to the electoral failure of the current president or about demonstrations in the capital of Minas Gerais, abandoning the old pictures, in which he flaunted his lifestyle.

In a video in which he was tagged, Santos can be seen shouting, on top of an electric trio, encouraging protesters to ask “the general” for help. “Armed Forces, save Brazil”, shouted the coup leaders.

The Goiás Labor Court points to the farmer Victor Cezar Priori as responsible for financing anti-democratic protests in the state. The businessman was caught coercing his employees to participate in demonstrations and cooperate with the road blockade, during working hours.

“My companies are all closed, on all the farms there are people on the roads, the trucks and everything is collaborating,” Priori said, in a video attached to the investigation against the farmer in the Labor Court.

In 2012 and 2016, Priori ran for mayor of Jataí, in Goiás. In the first, he challenged his candidacy. In the second, he lost the election and declared before the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) that he had R$51 million in assets.

Priori is one of the partners of the Paraíso group, a company that brings together various agro-industrial ventures, such as the production of milk, cattle, soybeans and corn, as well as the sale of machinery, such as tractors.

Rio Grande do Sul
With 259 thousand votes, Lieutenant Colonel Zucco (Republicans) was the federal deputy with the most votes in Rio Grande do Sul, in this year’s elections. Now, he uses his influence to encourage anti-democratic acts in the state, according to the Civil Police investigation.

Zucco would be, according to the police, responsible for the demonstrations that insist on calling for a military coup in the country.

The federal deputy, who told the TSE that he has R$ 389,000 in assets, participated in events in front of an Army military command and encouraged the protesters to “recover what the elections supposedly would have taken from the people.”

According to the Civil Police, other political leaders also encouraged and organized anti-democratic acts in Rio Grande do Sul. All ran for public office in this year’s elections.

The list includes the councilor of Dom Pedrito Patrício Jardim Antunes (PP), the police officers Mariana Lescano (PP) and Thiago Teixeira Raldi (PSC), as well as the delegate Heliomar Ataydes Franco (UB).

St. Catarina
Emílio Dalçoquio Neto is the businessman who financially guaranteed anti-democratic acts in Santa Catarina. Heir to a carrier and former president of the Itajaí Cargo Vehicle Companies Union (Seveículos), he is designated by the Federal Highway Police (PRF) as responsible for blocking avenues and highways in the state.

The businessman is close to Jair Bolsonaro, with whom he has already been seen on campaign agendas in Santa Catarina, and focused his influence on demonstrations in the municipality of Itajaí, on the north coast of Santa Catarina, where he maintains part of his companies.

The PRF identified audios and messages in groups of truckers that were sent by Neto, calling the category to the streets, on election day, October 30, when the failure of Jair Bolsonaro (PL) at the polls was already public.

Neto is being investigated by the Public Ministry for having caused a lockout in the truckers’ strike of 2018.

In a radio interview CBN On November 9, prosecutor Fernando Comin explained that the identity of the defendants would be preserved. “Names cannot be mentioned, so as not to disturb the investigations. What I can point out, so far more than 12 businessmen and leaders have been identified, it’s a data crossover, but the activity of these people on social media, behind the scenes, in the movements, who was raising money, who financed the structuring. of these bases, who incited violence against the police.”

Mato Grosso

From the capital of Brazilian agribusiness, Sorriso, in Mato Grosso, comes one of the main organizers of anti-democratic demonstrations in the country, businessman Argino Bedin, a rural producer who is called the “father of soybeans” in the region.

His name appears on the list that was sent to Minister Alexandre de Moraes as possible financiers of the events. In an interview with the website O Joio e o Wheat In March of this year, the businessman stated that “Bolsonaro is even under water.”

Also in Mato Grosso, also in the municipality of Sorriso, is Atilio Elias Rovaris, an agribusiness businessman and one of the financiers of the coup demonstrations.

Rovaris donated R$500,000 to Bolsonaro’s campaign in this year’s elections. The businessman owns the transport company Rovaris and is also a rural producer, with various projects.

Editing: Glauco Faria

Brazil. Who’s Who: Meet the People Accused of Organizing and Financing Coup Acts