The Ministry of Public Affairs of Minas Gerais (MPMG), through the 4th Prosecutor’s Office for the Defense of Children and Adolescents in Uberaba and the Regional Coordination of Prosecutions for the Defense of Education and Defense of Children and Adolescents in Tringulo Mineiro, asked the Justice to municipality of Uberaba and the State of Minas Gerais pay compensation of at least R$ 500,000 to the Municipal Fund for the Rights of Children and Adolescents of Uberaba due to the exposure of weapons, ammunition and explosives during an event aimed at children on the 12th of October. The action also calls for a ban on Uberaba and the State from promoting, sponsoring or encouraging events with weapons aimed at children and adolescents.
The MP still requires the development of an awareness campaign about the risks inherent in the handling of weapons, ammunition and accessories by children, adolescents and unqualified personnel, as well as the dangers of adults leaving weapons, ammunition and accessories within reach of young people.
“The campaign must be carried out in a territorial scope not inferior to the Municipality of Uberaba; within a period of no more than 30 days, counting from the final and unappealable decision of the conviction, as well as being served for a period of no less than one year (…). It should cover, at least, students from public (state and municipal) and private education systems”, says an excerpt from the piece.
‘Exhibition violated several Brazilian laws’
The MPMG points out that the event “Tempo de Brincar”, organized by the Municipality of Uberaba, had the participation of bodies from the municipality itself and from various police forces, including those linked to the State of Minas Gerais.
“It was a festivity promoted in celebration of Children’s Day. Investigations point out that the event featured musical shows and children’s entertainment, distribution of sweets and sweets, recreational activities and education and health.
However, the initiative promoted the exhibition of weapons, ammunition and accessories by public security agencies and the Municipal Guard, including the handling of tear gas grenades by children. For the MPMG, the fact violated several Brazilian laws”, says an excerpt from the action.
The public civil action also emphasized that weapons and ammunition cannot be sold or delivered to children and adolescents, as well as advertising for these items cannot be conveyed in materials aimed at this public.
“More than that: the risks inherent to firearms are so serious and the responsibility in handling them is so great, that simple civil majority is not enough for a person to purchase firearms; required, as a rule, the minimum age of twenty-five years”, says another part of the petition.
Ana Catharina Machado Normaton, Public Prosecutor for the 4th Public Prosecutor’s Office for the Defense of Children and Adolescents in Uberaba, and Andr Tuma Delbim Ferreira, Public Prosecutor responsible for the Regional Coordination of Prosecutors for the Defense of Education and Defense of Children and Adolescents for Tringulo Mineiro, sent a note to State of Minasin which they highlighted the expectation of a position from Justice.
“For our part, we await the position of the Judicirio Mineiro, in the sense of the full acceptance of the ministerial requests, for the integral protection of children and adolescents and the responsibility of the organizers of the ill-fated event”.
Check this link for the 22 pages of the Public Civil Action.