Brazil: Black Lives Matter activists highlight racism in the capital city

In an emotional gathering, participants shared their personal stories and discussed similarities of experiences in Brazil and US

By: AP | Rio De Janeiro | Published: July 21, 2016 1:21 am
brazil, rio de janeiro, black lives matter, brazil racism, racism in brazil, brazil activists, rio olympics, rio olympics 2016, brazil news, world news, latest news, us racism An activist shows stickers that read in Portuguese: “Freedom for Rafael Braga. Racist justice.” during a demonstration against racism and police violence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

A delegation of US activists from the Black Lives Matter movement is in Rio de Janeiro to highlight racism and police violence in the Olympic city ahead of the summer games.

The six Americans are meeting over four days with families of local victims of police violence, community leaders and anti-racism activists.

In an emotional gathering Wednesday conducted in Portuguese and English, participants shared their personal stories and discussed similarities between the black experience in Brazil and in the United States.

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Both groups complained of racial profiling, police killings and the criminalization of poor communities.

They also voiced concerns that the estimated 85,000 soldiers and police patrolling Rio for the Aug. 5-21 Olympic Games could lead to an increase in violence against poor black people.

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