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Brazilian Youth Rise Up Against Police Brutality

On Nov. 3, hundreds of Brazilians gathered in Madureira Park under the banner “Against the Genocide of Black Youth” to condemn the shooting and the killing of five youths by local police forces.

According to Reuters, the five young men and teenagers were were killed inside a car when militarized from Rio de Janeiro policemen fired at them when they were driving near the Lagartixa neighborhood. The Rio de Janeiro police have had a long history of brutality against poor citizens in Brazil’s economically disenfranchised neighborhoods or favelas.

Local News said Wilton Esteves Domingos Junior, 20, Wesley Castro Rodrigues, 25, Cleiton Correa de Souza, 18, Carlos Eduardo da Silva de Souza, 16, and Roberto de Souza Penha, 16, were the victims. The killings have outraged activists in Rio de Janeiro leading to marches calling for accountability and justice.

Earlier this year in April, protests also erupted in Rio de Janeiro following the police killing of 10-year old Eduardo de Jesus Ferreira outside his home. The official version given by local Rio de Janeiro authorities claimed the boy was injured in a crossfire involving drug traffickers, but his mother said he was shot by police. President Dilma Rousseff expressed her solidarity with the boy's family ordering the government to conduct investigations into police abuse.

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A sign reading "Against the Genocide of Black Youth," activists in Brazil say traditions of targeting Black youth have impacted corrupt local police departments.
A sign reading "Against the Genocide of Black Youth," activists in Brazil say traditions of targeting Black youth have impacted corrupt local police departments. Photo:Michelle Teixeira
"We are so tired of talking about this every single day. Its really normal that people are killed, especially the black youth, by the police, and nothing happens. Its something that is normal for the Brazilian populations," Protester Ligia Batista told Ruptly.
"We are so tired of talking about this every single day. Its really normal that people are killed, especially the black youth, by the police, and nothing happens. Its something that is normal for the Brazilian populations," Protester Ligia Batista told Ruptly. Photo:Michelle Teixeira
A woman draws pictures of coffins next to a sign condemning the murder of Black youth.
A woman draws pictures of coffins next to a sign condemning the murder of Black youth. Photo:Reuters
Protesters lie on the street with mock make up staging a symbolic performance representing the five murdered youth.
Protesters lie on the street with mock make up staging a symbolic performance representing the five murdered youth. Photo:Michelle Teixeira
A protester holds a sign reading "Save the Innocence of Black children."
A protester holds a sign reading "Save the Innocence of Black children." Photo:Michelle Teixeira
Friends, families, relatives and supporters hold signs with the portraits of the deceased.
Friends, families, relatives and supporters hold signs with the portraits of the deceased. Photo:Michelle Teixeira
Protesters block traffic determined to bring attention and condemn the murder of Black youth.
Protesters block traffic determined to bring attention and condemn the murder of Black youth. Photo:Michelle Teixeira
Demonstrators hold banners protesting police brutality.
Demonstrators hold banners protesting police brutality. Photo:Michelle Teixeira
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