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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:01 PM

Violence erupts in Brazil after Black man beaten to death at Carrefour store

More than 1,000 demonstrators attacked a Carrefour Brasil supermarket in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre on Friday after security guards beat to death a Black man at the store.

The killing, which has sparked protests across Brazil, occurred late on Thursday when a store employee called security after the man threatened to attack her, cable news channel GloboNews said, citing the Rio Grande do Sul state military police.

In a statement on Friday, the local unit of France’s Carrefour SA said it deeply regretted what it called a brutal death and said it immediately took steps to ensure those responsible were legally punished.

It said it would terminate the contract with the security firm, fire the employee in charge of the store at the time of the incident, and close the store as a mark of respect.

At: https://www.reuters.com/article/brazil-supermarket-death-idINKBN2810BU

"Justice for Joćo Alberto": Protesters attack a Carrefour supermarket in Sćo Paulo, Brazil.

The protest was called by the city's black movement in response to the murder of Joćo Alberto Silveira Freitas, a 40-year-old black man, in a Carrefour store in Porto Alegre.

Silveira Freitas' death comes on the eve of Black Consciousness Day in Brazil - home of the world's second-largest Black/Afro-descendant population after Nigeria.

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