Next Thursday (4), the STJ (Superior Court of Justice) opens the doors for the launch of the book “In the Eye of the Hurricane: From El Salvador to Haiti, Memories of a Blue Beret“, work of the reserve general Ajax Porto Pinheiro.
In 2020, the president of the STJ, Minister Humberto Martins, signed an ordinance appointing Pinheiro technical advisor in the office of the secretary general of the Citizenship Court.
The launch of the general’s book takes place when the Federal Supreme Court and the Superior Electoral Court are the target of provocations by Bolsonarista groups – in uniform or not – that question electronic voting machines.
Pinheiro replaced retired general Fenando Azevedo in the Supreme Court, when then-adviser to President Dias Toffoli took over as Minister of Defense in the Bolsonaro government.
Former Minister of Justice José Carlos Dias considered Toffoli’s choice “a bad idea”. “The Supreme Court never needed military advice. The choice is bad for the STF, as it is absolutely unnecessary”, stated Dias, in a report by the Sheet.
Azevedo would have been appointed to Toffoli by the then army commander, General Villas Bôas.
On the eve of the habeas corpus trial filed by ex-president Lula, Villas Bôas wrote on a social network that the Army is still “attentive to its institutional missions”.
Solitary, the then dean of the STF, Minister Celso de Mello, criticized the general’s “praetorian interventions”, seen as pressure from the Army on the Supreme Court.
editorial of Sheetunder the heading “Uniformed imprudence“, he warned at the time that “the Armed Forces, as well as other State organizations, must abide by the sovereign decisions of the courts and the polls”.
According to the G1 portal reported at the time, Ajax Pinheiro was also appointed to replace Azevedo with Villas Bôas, at the request of Toffoli.
Azevedo and Pinheiro come from the same group – former members of the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Haiti. They gathered before Bolsonaro’s election around General Augusto Heleno, who commanded the mission in Haiti.
“Military in politics produces anarchy”, affirmed Elio Gaspari, in the title of an article published in Sheet. Here’s what the military governments researcher said about Toffoli’s choice:
“There was a time when the names of the Ministers of Education and Health were known. Then people had to learn the composition of the Federal Supreme Court and they also got to know the bad opinion that some of them have of their colleagues. learn the names of generals. There are Villas Bôas, Mourão and Augusto Heleno and the president of the Supreme Court took a four-star from the reserve for his advice.
At the end of his tenure at the TSE, Toffoli created a medal given to authorities in a ceremony with the Dragons of Independence.
General Aurélio de Lyra Tavares, Minister of the Army during the military dictatorship, one of the signatories of the AI-5, was elected in 1970 to the Academia Brasileira de Letras. His bibliography includes works devoted to Army history and national security.
Lyra Tavares was director of a literary magazine at the military school, and she signed her verses under the pseudonym Adelita.
The STJ informs that Ajax Pinheiro’s book, “written in a language accessible to civilians and soldiers of all levels, shows the daily life of Brazilian soldiers and soldiers from other nations, called Blue Berets of the United Nations (UN), in the effort to maintain peace and order in extremely serious situations.
According to the STJ, “the work, written from the point of view of a Brazilian officer, also presents the role of the Brazilian Armed Forces in the command of peacekeeping operations, and shows how Blue Berets soldiers can help rebuild a nation and restore lasting peace.”
The launch of Ajax Pinheiro’s book at the STJ suggests a political act. At the very least, it is as unusual as the launch of a court minister’s work in a military unit would be.
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