Clashes erupt during demonstrations of police killings in Brazil | Instant News

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Rio de Janeiro state government palace on Sunday to protest the crimes committed by police against black people in Rio’s working-class neighborhood, known as favela.

The protest, called “Black Lives Matter,” was interrupted when police used tear gas to disperse people.

Demonstrators chanted, “I can’t breathe,” referring to George Floyd, a black man in the United States who died after a white policeman pressed his knees on his neck until he stopped breathing.

One recent victim was Joao Pedro Pinto, a 14-year-old black boy, who was killed in a Federal Police operation in Complexo Salgueiro, a group of favelas.

Joao Pedro was at home with some of his cousins ​​when officers stormed his house, allegedly suing drug smugglers, and shot him on May 18.

Pinto was reported missing, and his family was notified of his death the following day.

Protesters called for an end to police operations inside the favelas. They shouted the names of several victims followed by the word “now!”

Rio has one of the deadliest police in Brazil.

In 2019 they killed 1,546 people, the highest number since 1998, and many of them occurred during police operations in the favelas.

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