It is an overflow of emotion and anger that is currently expressed in Brazil. The death, Thursday evening, of a black man beaten by white security agents in a supermarket of the Carrefour group in Porto Alegre (south) triggered a wave of indignation in the country, which this Friday celebrated the Day of conscience black.
A video recorded by a witness, disseminated by media and on social networks, shows the moment when Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas, 40, was punched multiple times in the face by one of the officers while the other held him down. In other images we see the emergency services performing a cardiac massage to the man lying in front of a supermarket entrance and who died on the spot. According to the military police, Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas threatened a supermarket employee who called the security guards. Be careful, the images below may be offensive.
The two attackers were arrested. One of them is a military policeman who works for the private security company outside of his working hours.
The Brazilian subsidiary of the Carrefour group regretted the “brutal death” of Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas and declared that it would take “the appropriate measures to hold accountable those involved in this criminal case”.
“Looks like there is no way out”
This tragic event sparked outrage on social networks and will be at the center of the gatherings scheduled for this Friday on the occasion of Black Consciousness Day, a public holiday in several states. “Every day, the racist structure of this country brings us brutality as the only rule,” wrote on Twitter Raull Santiago, a human rights activist very active in the favelas of Rio.
“Looks like there’s no way out. Even the day of the black conscience ”, lamented Richarlison, the Métis striker of the Seleção who evolves in Everton (1st English division). “They beat a black man to death in front of the cameras. Violence and hatred have lost all modesty, ”he added, singing the names of Brazilians Joao Pedro, 14, and Evaldo Santos, a 51-year-old musician, as well as that of the American George Floyd, making reference to other black men who died as a result of police violence.
In Brazil, the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery, in 1888, more than half of the 212 million inhabitants are black or mixed race. According to the “Atlas of Violence” published last August, the number of murders of blacks increased by 11.5% between 2008 and 2018, while among non-blacks it decreased by 12.9%.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr