Brazil- Protests Over the Black Man Beaten to Death

  • João Alberto Silveira Freitas, 40, died of suffocation outside a Carrefour chain store in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil.
  • Brazil international footballer Richarlison Andrade was amongst the many people that took to social media to condemn the brutal murder.
  • Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro however denied the existence of racism in the country.

The scenes of Brazilian supermarket security guards who beat up a black customer to death in the parking lot sparked protests by thousands of Brazilians on the streets of several cities in the country. More sadly, the occurrence took place during the ‘Day of Black Conscience’ which was celebrated on Friday. 

Activists including members of Black Lives Matter demonstrate inside a Carrefour supermarket against the murder of black man Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas.

The scenes of Brazilian supermarket security guards who beat up a black customer to death in the parking lot sparked protests by thousands of Brazilians on the streets of several cities in the country. More sadly, the occurrence took place during the ‘Day of Black Conscience’ which was celebrated on Friday. 

João Alberto Silveira Freitas, 40, died of suffocation outside a Carrefour chain store in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. Silveira’s death is being compared with that of the North American George Floyd, in May last year, another black man, a victim of police violence, whose murder sparked anti-racism protests not only in the country but across the globe.

Brazil international footballer Richarlison Andrade was amongst the many people that took to social media to condemn the brutal murder. “It seems that we have no wayout… not even on Black Consciousness day,” the Everton player tweeted. “In fact, what conscience? They killed a black man, beaten in front of the cameras. They beat him and filmed. Decency and shame have been lost to violence and hatred.” He lamented.

In São Paulo, the center of the protests on Friday, protesters marched on Paulista Avenue and painted the message: «Black lives matter» in white letters, in front of the headquarters of the Museum of Modern Art (MASP), one of the most striking buildings in the city.

From that point, the march continued to a Carrefour branch, where the protesters smashed the windows and almost started a fire , which was quickly controlled. “No looting,” ordered the leaders of the protest, which was repeated in various capitals of the country.

Products knocked off shelves by protesters litter an aisle at a Carrefour supermarket during a protest against the murder of black man Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas.

The videos that circulated on social networks and generated outrage, show the murdered man being beaten by two guards, one of them, a military policeman.

The guards, police officer Giovane Gaspar da Silva, 24, and Magno Braz Borges, 30, were arrested and are in preventive custody.

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A father of four, two of them young, Silveira, a welder by profession, was shopping with his wife when he argued with the cashier, who called the guards. 

Bolsonaro Denies Racism

In a statement, the UN representation in Brazil asked the local authorities to carry out a “quick” investigation and to punish those responsible.

The UN lamented that In Brazil, millions of black people continue to be victims of racism, racial discrimination and intolerance, including its most cruel and violent forms.

The UN’s assessment however contrasted with the statement of the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro who denied the existence of racism in the country. “As a man and as a president, I am color blind: everyone has the same color. There is no better skin color than the others. There are good men and bad men. It is our choices and values ​​that make the difference, ” Bolsonaro Tweeted and criticized the protests.

We are a mixed race. White, black, brown and Indian make up the body and spirit of a rich and wonderful people, “continued Bolsonaro’s thread, who has already been criticized for denying the existence of racism in the country.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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