Hundreds of people took the streets of Paraisopolis, in Sao Paulo, on Saturday to protest police operations which they say target black and suburban population in the country.
Carrying posters reading “Stop killing us” and flags depicting Marielle Franco’s picture, protesters demanded the end to the black genocide in Brazil and demanded justice for the nine victims killed in a police operation earlier in the month at a music event in the neighbourhood.
“We are asking for the end of the genocide of the black and suburban people, not only in Paraisopolis, but in all Brazil. This government is heavily attacking our daily lives, killing our friends, leaving our mothers without children, so we demand the end of the repression by this violent state,” said protester Meire.
On December 1, police were chasing two men on motorbikes, who then entered a music event, reportedly causing a stampede with nine people trampled to death. The witnesses argued that police used rubber bullets and hit those attending the party, killing several people. The incident is being investigated.