SÃO PAULO – The episode of the death of João Alberto Silveira Freitas, a 40-year-old black man, after being beaten by security guards at a unit at the Carrefour supermarket in Porto Alegre, gained space in several major newspapers in the United States, USA and Europe. Almost all the vehicles that reported the event highlighted both the episode of aggression and the protests that followed, especially in São Paulo, where a Carrefour store was destroyed.
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The Washington Post in the American capital published two reports, the first of which highlighted the victim’s name. “Death of João Freitas, assaulted by security guards at Carrefour, infuriates Brazil”, was entitled an article about the case in Rio Grande do Sul. Another one reported the protests in the rest of Brazil: “Death on the eve of Black Awareness Day in Brazil unleashes fury “.
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The Bloomberg news agency also highlighted the name of the supermarket chain in the headline of a report: “Brazilians protest after a black man was killed in a Carrefour store”.
In France, the newspaper Le Monde also highlighted in its material the name of the company, which is of French origin: “Indignation in Brazil after a black man was killed by two security agents in a Carrefour”.
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The BBC TV network and the UK’s “Guardian” newspaper, in addition to “El País” in Spain, highlighted the death of the protests, as well as Germany’s Deutsche Welle agency.
Both US and European vehicles included in their texts comparisons of what happened in Brazil with anti-racism protests in the USA after the death of the American George Floyd in Minneapolis, a black man who had been immobilized by two white police officers. Washigton Post, BBC, Detsche Welle and American public radio NPR mentioned the similarities.
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The NPR also highlighted a statement by Vice President Hamilton Mourão, who said he did not believe that racism exists in Brazil.
The news also gained space in Asian media, such as Qatar-based Arab TV network Al Jazeera and Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post.
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