There are more than 100 comments showing solidarity with lieutenant blogger Melquisedec Nascimento [pt]. According to him, Rio de Janeiro's Governor Sergio Cabral ordered yesterday that he was arrested immediately. The Police force in charge of the task paid visit to his home this Saturday, but he was nowhere to be found. “What greatly irritated Cabral was a photo composition and a video posted on the blog, in which the governor is depicted as Pinocchio”.
Hi Paula, thanks for the information! But there seems to be absolutely no English language source on the case – could you provide something more detailed and up-to-date about this? As it seems, the blogger has not been arrested yet – is the police still ordered to take him in custody?
Thanks for your comments. I’m planning to investigate the matter further and write a longer piece later this week. The blogger has not been arrested yet and are constantly updating his blog. This may be due to the criticism that the piece attracted both on the blogosphere and mainstream media in Brazil (a few papers brought the issue up). It was only Saturday that his arrest has been ordered too by the governor, according to him. I can’t find anything in English either, but Le Figaro was quick:
Thx, Paula, for the update and the link to the Figaro.
Here is my update: http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/2008/02/04/brazil-blogging-helps-the-police-to-mobilize-and-protest/
In an article Melquisedec says that he will go to a police station today (feb 07) to talk about his blog and his actions. He believes that he will be arrested for a long time and plans to write a book in prison about the things he saw in his twenty years as a police cop.