A serious country supports the police and does not support bad guys. I defend my weapon. The bug will catch. I want to vote on paper ballot. Vote for Gil Diniz, postman reacts. Moderation in the defense of truth is service to lying.

They are stamped on posters, T-shirts and plaques at the state convention of the PSL (Social Liberal Party), this morning in São Paulo (5), in São Paulo. The last sentence is a quotation from Olavo de Carvalho, a right-wing philosopher who supports federal deputy Jair Bolsonaro, the party’s presidential candidate.

With the presence of Bolsonaro himself, the event attracted hundreds of supporters, despite the cold and cloudy morning and the location difficult to reach by public transport. In an auditorium filled with flags and green and yellow balloons in the Guapira Club, in the neighborhood of Jaçanã, a peripheral region of the north of the capital, the party endorsed the candidacy of Paulista Major Olímpio to the Federal Senate and Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Jair, federal deputy for São Paulo.

The supporters came, for the most part, from the outskirts of São Paulo and cities in the interior of the state. They wore yellow-green or stamped shirts with the face of Bolsonaro, on sale for up to $ 40. “Expensive, but worth it to show support,” in the words of a buyer. Another price paid under some protests was the bread on the plate, for $ 4 at the club diner. The queue for breakfast before the event reached dozens of people.

Money, even, is a recurring subject among supporters, who report turning around with little to accompany the candidate’s levers across the country. One of the most repeated cheers was “I came for free,” repudiating left-wing social movements and unions that, in the version of the Bolsonites, pay for militants to attend their events.

The vast majority of ex-colonel enthusiasts heard by the report have voted in the PT in past elections, but regretted it. “I came from the Northeast, and there we are born with the PT star tattooed on the forehead,” says Josenilton, a native of Guarulhos, a city in the metropolitan region of São Paulo. “Later, I saw that the experience of the PTs went awry. Now my job is to convince my relatives in Bahia, who are ultra-thin, they think Dilma is a poor thing.” He celebrates that his brother has already been converted and liked the “Myth” page on Facebook.

Eduardo Portugal, a supporter of Campinas (88 km from the capital), says that entrepreneurs, like him, have paid the price of the crisis and now have to approach a candidate who wants to change the situation and who does not advocate state intervention in the economy. “I was not much interested in politics before, but I already voted for the PT,” he confesses. His dissatisfaction is diffuse, like that of other voters heard by the SEASON. “It has to change everything that is there” is the feeling that unites the groups of militants, with demands of the most diverse. Another point in common is the sympathy they hold for the eloquence of the reserve captain’s speeches.

A militant from Sumaré (120 km from Sao Paulo) says he already received Bolsonaro at the airport in Campinas (SP) and helped erect a billboard for the candidate in his neighborhood, which was then set on fire. “It’s hard to change the whole system, fight the banks, the media, traditional politics,” he says. “Even if you get a vote, you still have the electronic ballot box [whose security is questioned by the candidate] and the Federal Supreme Court to try to bar the Bolsonaro.”

Jair Bolsonaro arrived around 10 o’clock, received with fervent cries of “myth.” Soon after, a child dressed in military police uniforms honored the candidate on stage. “I want to greet Captain Jair Bolsonaro, the future president of Brazil,” he said in a squeaky voice. The boy then intoned the whole national anthem, to the delight of those present, who wielded their cell phones on high to convey the singing in real time on social networks.

In his address, Eduardo Bolsonaro said that it was necessary to work to change the Disarmament Statute and so that the children could continue to dream of being a military police officer. The issue of public security was the most cited by the candidates of the PSL and by far the most present in the demonstrations of the militants who were there. The audience had police, military and corporate supporters.

According to Gustavo, volunteer of campaign of Jundiaí (47 km of São Paulo), the voters of Bolsonaro do not want the return of the dictatorship in Brazil. “Democracy is sovereign. What the people want is the return of the rigidity they had in the dictatorship, when the bandit went to jail,” he says.

The mood among voters is militaristic and predominantly male, despite the presence of women. For Sonia Homrich, 69, the disinterest of the voters for Bolsonaro may be the result of “lack of intelligence and patriotism”. “The biggest problems in Brazil today are globalism and corruption, and the candidate represents the struggle against these two things,” says the teacher, who lives in Alto da Lapa (western area of ​​São Paulo). “So, really, I have no idea why more women do not support him.”

In a Datafolha survey conducted in June, in the situation where former president Lula (PT) is considered in the match, Bolsonaro reaches 23% among men, while only 11% among women, a notable difference in the audience of the event on Sunday .

Maria Eduarda Teixeira Bueno, 17, from Itaquera (eastern São Paulo) speculates, “Maybe I have fewer women here because the voice of men is stronger in politics.” The girl is part of the Patrol Project Mirim, of the Military Police, and was part of a small battalion of twenty children, in uniform and brown cap. She has not yet taken the title of elector, but if she had taken it, she confessed that she would not vote for Bolsonaro. “I believe in equality between men and women,” he says.

Another supporter, questioned about the reason for the minor women’s attendance, denied there were fewer women than men at the event, was irritated and did not want to interview any more.

One of Bolsonaro’s hopes of attracting more voters was to have lawyer Janaína Paschoal as vice. After Janaína’s refusal, however, the reserve general Hamilton Mourão (PRTB), who was present at the PSL state convention, was chosen. The announcement, anticipated at the event, came to the frustration of a group of Taubaté monarchists (140 km from Sao Paulo), who, covered with imperial Brazilian flags, asked that Prince Luiz Philippe de Orléans and Bragança, great-great-grandfather of Dom Pedro II, was appointed to vice de Bolsonaro.

“We came by car, so there were only three [monarchists], but there are about thirty people in our group,” says Márcio Daniel Guilhermino de Andrade, a Paulista physician dressed impeccably in a well-adjusted gray suit, social shoes and a beard. “Bolsonaro is supporter of the monarchy, supporter, but we came to support Luiz Philippe.” While speaking with the report, Márcio prepared a live broadcast on the Brazilian Empire, which has 1.6 thousand followers on Facebook. Despite the reduced caravan, they were not the only ones to display the Empire’s coat of arms at the convention.

There was also the share of superheroes among the supporters. Militants dressed as Captain America, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and Batman circled the audience posing for pictures and entertaining the children, and received a line of fans until an hour after the event was over. Another one disputed to the tapas to appear in selfies was the actor Alexandre Frota, surrounded of securities. Frota and his companions wore black T-shirts with a green and yellow skull, an icon adopted by the actor in social networks, where he now presents himself as a “Bolsonaro soldier.”