The Fight to End State Violence Against Black People in Brazil

Raphael Tsavkko Garcia SAVE THIS

A woman holds a sign that reads “Black lives matter, we need to breathe” during a demonstration against military operation that killed Evaldo Rosa dos Santos with 80 shots into his car in Rio de Janeiro, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 14, 2019 (REUTERS/Nacho Doce).

On April 7, 2019, Army personnel fired more than 80 shots at a car carrying a family in the western zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The driver, Evaldo Rosa dos Santos, died on the spot. His father-in-law and a man passing by the scene were wounded. Evaldo was Black, as is the case for most of the victims of state violence in Brazil.

Brazilian officials still deny this reality. “The Army didn’t kill anybody, no, the Army is the People’s Army. We cannot accuse the people of being murderers. There was an incident, there was a death, we lament the death of…

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