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“We will not be killed without reacting”: Showing that ‘Black Lives Matter’ in Brazil, Third March Against the Genocide of Black People mobilizes youth of Salvador, Bahia


'Third March Against the Genocide of Black People' - Salvador, Bahia. Monday, August 24, 2015 - Photo: Akin Foco

‘Third March Against the Genocide of Black People’ – Salvador, Bahia. Monday, August 24, 2015 – Photo: Akin Foco

Note from BW of Brazil: The brutal murders and disappearances of black people, specifically black males, continues to be a serious problem throughout Brazil. With alarming regularity we see reports of Military Police and clandestine death squads taking the lives of Afro-Brazilians that many agree is essentially a practice of genocide. When we consider Brazilian leaders’ stated goal of the disappearance of the black race why would it be difficult to believe that a silent policy could actually be at play here? Let us not forget how many black lives were exterminated in the 19th century Triple Alliance War and accusations of mass sterilization in Bahia, one of the country’s blackest states, back in the 1990s. With the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement continuing to gain steam in the United States, Afro-Brazilian activists and populations are showing the necessity of this slogan in Latin America’s largest, most populous nation as well. Below we bring you a brief report on a march that took place in the heavily Afro-Brazilian city of Salvador, Bahia, last week. Check out the video below!

“We will not be killed without reacting”: III Marcha contra o Genocídio do Povo Negro (Third March against the Genocide of Black People) mobilizes youth of Salvador

By Fabiana Guia, of the Correio Nagô newsroom

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The combative policy of repudiation of racism and genocide of the black population React campaign or Is Life, Reaja ou Será Morta (React or You Will Be Killed), mobilized the population to show in the streets the outrage provoked by the cases of brutality in police actions, such as the Cabula massacre, the death of Geovane Mascarenhas and many other blacks from the suburbs on the afternoon of Monday (24) and brought together the black people, young people in its majority who walked through the downtown of Salvador, in the III Marcha Internacional Contra o Genocídio do Povo Negro (Third International March Against the Genocide of Black People). Also present were victims of violence.

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From the Largo dos Aflitos to the Praça da Piedade, about five thousand people marched in a line led pulled by members of the “Campanha Reaja” (Campaign React), which formed a uniform barrier, dressed in mourning, in memory of the black people violently murdered by police not only in Salvador, but also in other parts of Brazil. A crowd chanted protests with the thematic basis of the campaign, such as the end of militarization, the repudiation of the PEC 171, which deals with the reduction of the legal age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16, throughout the march.

The screams were led by the founder of the campaign, the lawyer and activist Quilombo X, Hamilton Borges. From atop a mini trio elétrico (sound float), he echoed commands like: ‘Povo forte, marchem’ (strong people, march)’, ‘Chega de chacina, eu quero o fim da polícia assassina’ (No more slaughter, I want the end of  police that murder), ‘ Não acabou, tem que acabar. Eu quero o fim da Policia Militar’ (It’s not over, it has to end. I want the end of the Military Police). Hamilton said he didn’t believe in equality that only white men make. “We must take to the streets with the people who are here. Sisters, brothers, relatives of victims of this model that have here your grinding machine of black people. And we know this after the Cabula massacre. The government called some blacks o promote the little dance of equality,” added Borges, after performing of the anthem of the União Africana (African Unity), which started the march.

Activist Hamilton Borges

                      Campaign leader and activist Hamilton Borges

At the end of the route in front of the headquarters of the Secretariat of Public Security, the march organizers continued to protest against police violence. “Nossa vida, as vidas negras não estão à venda. Estamos aqui por nossa conta. Não vamos ser mortos e mortas sem reagir” (Our life, black lives are not for sale. We are here on our own. We will not be killed without reacting), said the militant Andreia Beatriz, making the call of the representatives of the campaign in the cities of the Bahian interior, in other states of Brazil and also of countries like Colombia, Austria and the United States present in the act.

International march against ‘genocide’ held in Salvador

Act on Monday afternoon of Monday (24) was started in the Largo dos Aflitos. Participants dressed in black closed down Rua Carlos Gomes (street)

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Participants of the public march against concentrated genocide in front of the headquarters of the Military Police in Salvador

Participants of the public march against concentrated genocide in front of the headquarters of the Military Police in Salvador

A group got together on Monday afternoon of Monday (24) to participate in the “International March against the Genocide of Black People.” The concentration took place in the Largo dos Aflitos, opposite the headquarters of the Military Police in Salvador. The act was promoted by Movimento Reaja ou Será Morto.

Photos of the victims of the Cabula massacre in Salvador, Bahia

Photos of the victims of the Cabula massacre in Salvador, Bahia

Around 4:45pm, the audience walked toward Rua Carlos Gomes, which blocked the passage of vehicles as a way to draw the attention of society to the situation. Participants followed on Avenida Sete (avenue). They wore black and walked with signs that featured phrases like: “Reaja! Nós jamais nos calaremos” (React! We will never silence ourselves), plus posters that in which the names of people who were killed were written.

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Because of the situation, traffic was completely jammed. Around 6:30pm, the traffic flow was still heavy with slow points and the group was at the height of Praça da Piedade.

Memorial

A memorial was planted in a futebol field in Vila Moisés in the neighborhood of Cabula, Salvador, to remember the 12 people killed during a military police action there in February of this year.

Memorial to honor those killed in Cabula

Memorial to honor those killed in Cabula

The act took place on Monday morning. According to information from Hamilton Borges, leader of the Movimento Reaja ou Será Morto, who organized the memorial planting, mothers of the victims and representatives of other states like São Paulo (SP), Ceará (CE), Rio de Janeiro (RJ) and other nationalities participated in the act.

SourceCorreio Nagô, Tribuna Feirense

One comment on ““We will not be killed without reacting”: Showing that ‘Black Lives Matter’ in Brazil, Third March Against the Genocide of Black People mobilizes youth of Salvador, Bahia

  1. bamabrasileira
    September 2, 2015

    WOW! I am SO happy to see them prolonging their efforts to be heard! These numbers are quite impressive as well. As worldwide colonialism continues to take a nosedive in every way imaginable, I am so gratified to see Black people everywhere continue to rise up and make their voices heard!! Be it in a boat or in the streets, we will be heard!

    Order my steps in Your word dear Lord,
    Lead me, guide me everyday,
    Send Your anointing, Father I pray;
    Order my steps in Your word,
    Please, order my steps in Your word.

    Order my steps in Your word dear Lord,
    Lead me, guide me everyday,
    Send Your anointing, Father I pray;
    Order my steps in Your word,
    Please, order my steps in Your word.

    Humbly, I ask Thee teach me Your will,
    While You are working, help me be still,
    ‘Cos Satan is busy, God is real;
    Order my steps in Your word,
    Please, order my steps in Your word.

    Bridle my tongue let my words edify,
    Let the words of my mouth be acceptable in Thy sight,
    Take charge of my thoughts both day and night;
    Order my steps in Your word,
    Please order my steps in Your word.

    CHORUS
    I want to walk worthy,
    My calling to fulfill,
    Please order my steps Lord,
    And I’ll do Your blessed will.
    The world is ever changing,
    But You are still the same;
    Please order my steps, Lord I’ll praise Your name.

    Order my steps in Your word.
    Order my tongue in Your word.
    Guide my feet in Your word.
    Wash my heart in Your word.
    Show me how to walk in Your word.
    Show me how to talk in Your word.
    When I need a brand new song to sing,
    Show me how to let Your praises ring,
    In your word

    Please order my steps in Your word,
    Please order my steps in Your word.

    REPEAT CHORUS ( 2 X )

    Please order my steps in Your word,
    Please order my steps in Your word

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