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80 bullets and 4 Reals: Brazil’s structural inequality in two shocking acts

Eighty bullets and four reais: Brazil's structural inequality in two shocking acts

This week, two separate incidents, both occurring in Rio de Janeiro, served as troubling reminders of the structural racism and class divides which still underpin Brazilian society. The first, far more severe, was the shocking news of the death of musician Evaldo dos Santos Rosa, murdered by Army soldiers in the north zone of Rio.  

Mr. Dos Santos, driving in a car and accompanied by his wife, father-in-law, child, and godson, was killed after members of a military patrol opened fire on the white Ford Ka, discharging at least 80 shots and killing the...

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