In a session in the Senate, the accused made a gesture used by extremist groups that defend white supremacy; he may lose his job, be sentenced to prison or a fine.
O Federal Public Ministry (MPF) denounced to the 12th Federal Court of Justice this Tuesday, 8, the special advisor for International Affairs of the Presidency, Filipe Martins, for making a gesture of racist connotation during a Senate session held on March 24th. The sign in question is adopted by frequently used by extremist movements that defend the idea of white supremacy. He will respond in court in accordance with the racial crimes law for having practiced and induced discrimination and racial prejudice, and may lose public office, be sentenced to imprisonment or pay a fine of a minimum value of R$30,000.
The piece offered by the MPF claims that “with a free and conscious will”, Martins would have “practiced, induced and incited discrimination and prejudice based on race, color and ethnicity, to the detriment of the black population in general and against non-white social groups, through the realization of an appropriate gesture by extremist movements with symbology linked to the idea of white supremacy”. In this ocasion, the Senate Police installed inquiry to investigate conductof Martins. In May, after the completion of the investigations, the agency decided to indict the accused under article 20 of law 7,716, which addresses crimes based on racial or color prejudice. The action sent to the 12th Federal Court of Justice this afternoon has information revealed by the inquiry conducted by the Senate Police.
The sign performed with the right hand by Filipe reproduces the letters “W” and “P”, in reference to the expression “White Power” – which means “White Power” in English. “The gesture is commonly used in online forums such as 4chan, and on social networks, among far-right individuals as a sign of ‘pride of white supremacy’”, records the complaint to which the Young pan had access. According to Martins’ defense, he would not have made any sign, but rather fixed his clothes. The defense’s version is denied by the MPF, which states that “detailed inspections were carried out on the movements practiced by Filipe in order to analyze whether the advisor was in fact just adjusting his suit, as he claimed. However, the investigative conclusion pointed out that the actions were incompatible with a possible adjustment of their clothes”.