Two members of the Brazilian conservative movement “Movimento Conservador” are speaking out after being assaulted and hospitalized while leaving an event at the Universidade de São Paulo on October 14.
The victims, Andre Almeida and Cecilia Peraro, were attending a debate hosted by the university titled “Escola Sem Partido,” which means “Schools with no Political Parties.” Almeida said the debate was civil but once he left to get dinner with Peraro, he encountered the violence.
Almeida claims that after he left the event, he heard a man yell, “take off your t-shirt, fascist!” Shortly after, he said he was punched in the back. When he turned around to see who assaulted him, Almeida claims he saw roughly six people.
Both Almeida and Peraro were wearing their Movimento Conservador shirts.
“Then two of the guys who were threatening me grabbed my hips and a third guy started to punch me in order to make me give them my Movimento Conservador shirt,” Almeida told Lone Conservative.
As Almeida was under assault, he said he saw other assailants pursue Peraro.
“It fired me up and somehow I got out from the two guys who were grabbing me and ran towards Cecília to protect her,” Almeida said. “However, the guys who were previously beating me up followed me and they got me badly.”
Almeida was no longer able to defend himself and lost consciousness after being hit repeatedly in the back of the head with brass knuckles.
Peraro was chased by separate members of the group. She said they held her down and beat her, causing her face and left ear to bleed. She said the assault damaged her hearing.
Peraro then ran away and woke up Almeida, who was losing dangerous amounts of blood. Almeida said he heard the assailants yell “That’s our message to the f***ing fascists!” Then they fled.
The attackers didn’t take anything from the two besides Almeida’s t-shirt — a fact he argued proves the assault was politically motivated.
The campus debate was between two liberal professors, Dr. Gustavo Bambini and Dr. Nina Ranieri; Douglas Garcia, who founded Movimento Conservador and serves as an elected official in São Paulo; and Miguel Nagib, a Brazilian conservative activist. The panelists debated the issue of indoctrination of students by their teachers.
Almeida and Peraro called their friends, which included Garcia, for help. They arrived quickly and Garcia called the hospital, while one of the members, a medical doctor, sought out materials to quell Almeida’s bleeding.
Almeida claims he saw at least two of the aggressors at the Universidade de São Paulo event. He said he believes the assailants were part of Brazil’s “anti-fascist movement” similar to the U.S. Antifa groups.
“Nobody on the streets tried to help me,” Almeida said. “They just walked away to avoid getting involved in the conflict.”
Almeida had a CAT scan and an X-ray done at the hospital.
Garcia, who was the youngest state deputy elected in São Paulo last year, expressed his outrage over the attack in a Facebook post.
“On a historic day of plural and democratic debate at the University of São Paulo, what was seen was another cowardly attack of intolerant and sectarian groups that hurt other human beings for thinking differently,” he wrote.
Garcia added that this was not the first such attacks have happened.
“In 2018, before the start of a lecture, a boy was attacked by about five leftists with pepper spray shot into their eyes, blows to their heads and kicks, near Ana Rosa Subway Station, in the south area of City,” Congressman Garcia wrote. “The offenders go unpunished.”
Peraro said the assault only motivated her even more to continue her involvement with Movimento Conservador and the group’s mission to remove political parties and leftist indoctrination from universities in Brazil.
“I will not give up, I will fight to the end,” she told Lone Conservative. “My principles and moral values are non-negotiable. That’s what makes me strong to fight for my country. I will never let the terrorists and communists intimidate me. They will never shut me up because I will never accept their ideology they’re trying to impose upon us.”
Almeida said his faith kept him strong.
“It’s very ironic that they call us fascists, however, they are the ones who act like them,” Almeida said. “If I have to die for my country, I will do it joyfully. I have faith in God we will win this battle and do not have to be scared of [their] violence.”
Almeida and Peraro are currently attempting to get footage from security cameras to help identify the assailants.
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