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MPF disputes government and says transfer to Brasilia is illegal



São Paulo – The transfer of the Cinemateca to Brasília is “illegal”. This is what the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) warns of after the latest attack announced by the government of Jair Bolsonaro, which has been trying to move the collection from São Paulo to Brasília. According to attorney Gustavo Torres Soares, “if the Federal Government consults its Advocacy General before making the decision, the agency will surely alert it to the fact that it is an illegal measure”. The information is from the magazine Look.

The safeguards that prevent the government’s maneuver are provided for in the 1984 contract, when the then private foundation was donated to the federal government. “To disrespect the terms of the donation would be cowardice, disloyalty and immorality,” added the prosecutor.

Soares is the author of the petition that charges the Federal Government to make the management and preservation of the Cinematheque viable. The largest audiovisual collection in Latin America is abandoned by the Bolsonaro government, which, since December last year, has not transferred any federal funds. For almost four months, the employees have been without their salaries, and the lack of maintenance has put at risk even the safety of the institution and the equipment, which can burn, losing an entire historical patrimony. Like the tragedy at the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro.

Abandoned Cinematheque

The abandonment started after the end of the management contract with the Educational Communication Association Roquette Pinto (Acerp). In a decision considered “arbitrary” by the MPF, then Education Minister Abraham Weintraub did not want to renew the agreement that validated the link with the Cinematheque until March 2021. Acerp believed that the government would honor the commitment to the institution and continued managing it . But since then he has not received any funds and today he has a debt of R $ 13 million.

“Now the great government speech is that if Acerp stayed, it was because she wanted to. And if she hadn’t stayed, what was going to happen? Would we be from January to July with Cinematheque with no one taking care, closed, without air conditioning, without firefighters, without anything, abandoned? This is an absurd argument ”, contests historian Eloá Chouzal, audiovisual researcher and member of the Audiovisual Preservation Association, in an interview with Marilu Cabañas, in Current Brazil Newspaper.

In the petition, the MPF demands from the Federal Government that the budget foreseen for 2020, of R $ 12.2 million, be allocated to the body. The agency asks for an emergency agreement between the government and Acerp to guarantee the Cinemateca’s functioning for one year, until the institution restructures itself again for the opening of a new public notice. The Bolsonaro administration, however, remains silent. Now advancing the idea of ​​transferring the collection, which, as shown by RBA, it may be a risk to the institution’s equipment.

Government sees culture as an enemy

“You cannot go over legally established determinations”, reinforces the filmmaker Roberto Gervitz, who is also a member of the SOS Cinemateca group of the Associação Paulista de Cineastas (Apaci). The filmmaker comments that the institution is targeted within a political and ideological context.

“This ideological issue of placing the Cinematheque, this collection that keeps the audiovisual and national cinema, as a bastion of communism is an important issue. They associate national cinema, this memory, as their enemy ”, adds Eloá.

The MPF action also rescues the recomposition of the advisory council, which, in 2008, was no longer included in the Cinemateca’s regulations, functioning under informal agreements, until it was in fact dissolved in 2013. The 1984 contract places the council, however, as sovereign and the person responsible for choosing the director and policies of the Cinemateca.

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Union denounces the death of 20 teachers by covid-19 after back to school in SP




São Paulo – The Union of Teachers of Official Education of the State of São Paulo (Apeoesp) held a demonstration today (4) denouncing the death of at least 20 teachers by covid-19 since the beginning of the return to school in the state of São Paulo Paulo. The entity also accounts for 1,861 confirmed cases of covid-19 in 850 schools. The protest took place in front of the State Department of Education of the government of João Doria (PSDB), after a motorcade through the streets of the capital of São Paulo. In addition to honoring these teachers, the act also called for an immediate suspension of classes until the new coronavirus pandemic is controlled in the state.

The demonstration began in the Masp free space, on Avenida Paulista. From there, the teachers went to the State Department of Education, at Praça da República. “It is unacceptable what the Doria government has been doing with teachers. Without closing schools, keeping thousands of teachers and staff and millions of students circulating every day, many in public transport, Doria and her Education Secretary reveal themselves as they are: enemies of life ”, said the president of Apeoesp and state deputy, Professor Bebel.

The Doria government has not released records of confirmed and suspected covid-19 cases in schools for two weeks. Much less if there was a death by covid-19 of teachers, students or other education workers. In the only balance sheet released on February 16, there were 741 confirmed cases and 1,133 suspected cases.


Although it claims that back to school amid the covid-19 pandemic is safe, the Doria government has restricted access to the Education Information and Monitoring System for Covid-19. With that, the governor leaves the assessment of the resumption of activities without any transparency. Only one server from each school can be registered and access the system, both to notify suspected or confirmed cases of the disease at school, and to monitor the general situation of the pandemic in the public school system.

The Secretary of State for Health of São Paulo, Jean Gorinchteyn, defended, on Tuesday (2), the closure of schools across the state due to the worsening of the pandemic of covid-19. He admitted that the increase in the circulation of people promoted by the return to school has contributed to the worsening of the transmission of the new coronavirus in recent weeks, as teachers and health experts have always said it would happen. Today, São Paulo has 17,802, with 9,910 in the ward and 7,892 in the ICU, the largest number in the entire pandemic.

“If we understand that people are threatened
against the virus, against the collapse (of the health system), we have to reevaluate
situations that could be avoided. One of them is the situation of the school. THE
The problem is not the school, but the movement of people. Teachers, students, parents
who take and bring their children. Even in public transport, the exposure that the
we end up putting people. At this point, it is worth noting that this
question of not having classes, ”said Gorinchteyn, in an interview with CBN radio.


In addition to the case records and the denunciation of the death of these teachers by covid-19, Apeoesp also highlights data from the Hospital do Servidor Público Estadual (HSPE) that shows the exhaustion of intensive care units (ICU) after returning to school. According to the internal bulletin of the HSPE, on Monday (1), the ICU occupancy for patients with covid-19 in the hospital is 95%. In wards, the occupation is 73%.

Yesterday, Doria announced that the entire state will enter the red quarantine phase for two weeks, starting on Saturday (6), due to the worsening of the covid-19 pandemic in São Paulo. However, he decided to keep the schools open. “Despite the restriction measures, state schools will continue to open their doors at the worst moment of the pandemic”, criticized Bebel, who guaranteed the continuation of the teachers’ strike, which started on February 8.

Teachers killed by covid-19 in São Paulo, according to a survey by Apeoesp:

Maria Inês Silva Frozel
Eda Balle Pulpato
Antonio Cesar Pereira
Cinthia Aparecida
Rodrigo Andrade
Regina Aparecida dos Santos Tomaz
Maria Soeiro
Maria Tereza Miguel Couto
Marcelo Shiroma
Antonio Cesar Pereira
Antônio Cesar Zenetti
Adriano Moraes
Ana Clara Macedo dos Santos
Paulo Henrique Camargo
Deolinda Scotti
Amauri Nicoletti
Guilherme Augusto de Oliveira Rebello
Luciani Andrade Serrão
Eliana Ferreira Boni
Luiz Roberto Oliveira

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