One of the most shaken sectors in the pandemic, the restaurants decided to go to court to ask for compensation for the losses suffered with the operating restrictions. Abrasel (Brazilian Association of Bars and Restaurants) has just filed public civil actions in 26 states, the Federal District and in the 275 municipalities where its members are present to seek redress from governments and city halls, according to Paulo Solmucci, president of the entity.
Solmucci says he is not pointing to one or another specific measure taken by local authorities to reduce the movement of people. He says the focus of the judicial questioning is the consequence. “The State imposed a rule, the closure, and this imposition brought losses. So, it is responsible,” he says.
The initiative is a step forward in relation to the position that the sector had been adopting until now with requests for measures to support governments, such as labor flexibility and credit. According to Solmucci, there is still another discussion to be done, which is the questioning of taxes collected during the period in which the establishments were closed.
with Mariana Grazini e Andressa Motter
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