Protests erupt in Brazil following the brutal killing of a Black man by white security guards

Anti-racism protests have erupted in Brazil following the brutal killing of a Black man by two white security guards outside a Carrefour supermarket in Porto Alegre on 19 November. The incident took place following a confrontation between the man and a supermarket employee. Reminiscent of George Floyd’s murder The incident was caught on video and took place in front of many witnesses, including the victim’s wife. The death of 40-year-old Afro-Brazilian João Alberto Silveira Freitas was reminiscent of the murder of George Floyd which sparked Black Lives Matter protests in the US and beyond in summer 2020. The video shows scenes of one white security guard restraining Frietas,…

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Angry students pull down security fences erected around halls of residence

Students angered by fences put up around their halls of residence have pulled down the barriers in protest. The fences were erected on 5 November at the University of Manchester’s Fallowfield campus as a “security measure” to “help avoid the mixing of households”. But the measure – which was not explained to residents until after the fences went up – caused unrest among students, who protested on 5 November evening and pulled the barriers down. The university subsequently issued an apology and said the fences would be removed on 6 November:   Fences being taken down in fallowfield pic.twitter.com/TzS51Xepjh — Joe Hindley (@Joehindley11) November 5, 2020 Frustration Joe…

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Nigerian president blames ‘hooliganism’ for 51 killings by security forces during protests

At least 51 civilians have been killed during unrest in Nigeria following days of protests over police abuses, the country’s president said.President Muhammadu Buhari blamed the violence on “hooliganism”. And he asserted that security forces have used “extreme restraint”.On Thursday 22 October, he said the government “will not fold its arms and allow miscreants and criminals continue to perpetrate acts of hooliganism”. “Devoid of sympathy”But many Nigerians are upset by what the president has not said. In a national address on 22 October, Buhari didn’t mention the shootings. Instead, he warned protesters against “undermining national security and law and order”.Okechukwu Nwanguma, of the Rule of Law and Accountability…

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