The injustice the communities are facing – the racial discrimination, continues to pop up across the world, this time in Brazil, at a supermarket, Carrefour, in Porto Alegre, South Capital of Rio Grande dol Sul.
A 40-year-old father of four and a welder, Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas was beaten to death on Thursday 19th of November 2020, on the eve of the nation’s observance of Black Conscious Day, by two security guards at the French supermarket, Carrefour.
This came after the unsolved murder of a politician in Rio city and Black activist, Marielle and numerous young Blacks killed by the cops. His death was likened to that of George Floyd in Minneapolis. According to the video footage, the securities were seen lifting Joao Freitas from his feet and dropped him on the ground with while one of the guards was holding his hand, the other was repeatedly hitting him on his face. Another footage showed a security man kneeling atop Freitas in the parking lot of Carrefour supermarket. One of the security guards was a temporary military police officer. The incident according to reports happened after a misunderstanding between an employee who later summoned the security and Freitas.
Joao Freitas was buried on Saturday wearing a white T-shirt in a coffin adorned with the flag of his favourite soccer team. Milena Borges Alves, his better half cried to the news outlet that all she wants is justice for her late man. She further revealed they were planning to have an official marriage after nine years of being together.
Protesters enraged by the murder of Freitas destroyed the Carrefour supermarket in Sao Paulo, set the place on fire before the workers came to put off the fire. Their branch at Rio de Janeiro was stormed by protesters screaming ‘Carrefour murderer’ while a black man was spotted lying on top of a checkpoint conveyor belt. The supermarket announced they would discontinue operation in Porto Alegre to show respect, fire the duty store manager, and end their contract with the security company while the two security guards were arrested and are under investigation for the murder of Joao Freitas.
With these hashtags #CarrefourAssassino #BlackLivesMatter #VidasNegrasImportam that took over the social media, the world protested offline and online, calling for justice for Freitas.
Below are the video footage of the incident and videos and pictures of the protesters;
Rest in power, Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas.
Say no to racism.
Black lives matter too.