Indignation! A video recorded with a cell phone by a witness and released by the media and networks captures the moment when Joao Silveira Freitas, 40, is attacked with multiple punches by one of the agents while the other kept him immobilized until he was reduced .
The death this Thursday 19-N at night of a black man after receiving a beating at the hands of white security agents in a Carrefour group supermarket in Porto Alegre unleashed a wave of indignation in Brazil, which this Friday commemorates the Day of the Black Consciousness.
A video recorded with a cell phone by a witness and released by the media and social networks captures the moment when Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas, 40, is attacked with multiple punches by one of the agents while the other kept him immobilized until reduced.
According to local press accounts, based on testimonies from the Military Brigade [Policía Militar, un cuerpo que depende de la autoridad de cada estado] from Rio Grande do Sul (south), the man would have threatened a supermarket worker, who would have called the security agents, who beat him out of the center.
Emergency services tried to revive the man, who ended up dying at the scene.
The two assailants were arrested. One of them is a temporary military police officer, and works in that supermarket in his spare time.
In a statement, the Brazilian branch of the French group Carrefour lamented the “brutal death” of Silveira Freitas and assured that it will take the “pertinent measures to hold those implicated in this criminal case accountable.”
Carrefour “will break the contract with the company that is responsible for the security agents who committed the attack. The worker who was in charge of the supermarket at the time of the incident will be fired.”
In a statement, the Military Brigade stated that it “detained all those involved, including the PM [Policía Militar] temporary, whose conduct outside their working hours will be analyzed with all the rigors of the law “.
This tragic event unleashed outrage in social networks since Thursday night and shook this Friday the Black Awareness Day in Brazil, where it is a holiday in several states and protest events are held in several cities, including Sao Paulo and Rio. of Janeiro.
“From November 20 to November 20 and every day, the racist structure of this country brings us brutality as a rule!” Wrote social activist Raull Santiago on Twitter.
In Brazil, the last country in America to abolish slavery, in 1888, more than half of the 212 million inhabitants are black or mestizo. Afro-descendants suffer high rates of police and street violence, poverty and social marginalization.
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%.