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Note from BW of Brazil: Let’s be clear about something. Brazilians DON’T like Haitians and DON’T like Africans! This latest assault on a black immigrant once again demonstrates the anti-black, anti-African sentiments that have plagued the country since its beginnings. Brazil continues to treat its native born black population as if it were an unwanted element but seems to reserve its most brutal treatment for black immigrants who have recently arrived. Last October, we reported the murder of a Haitian immigrant that happened, like today’s incident, happened in southern Brazil. Xenophobia? Of course. But also racism. For as this blog has pointed out in previous posts, persons of African descent are not the only foreigners living in Brazil.
This writer has met a number of European immigrants living in Brazil over the past several years and never have I seen a report of discrimination or an assault on a white immigrant. Interestingly, I also know a number of black Americans who have lived in the country for months of years and never have I heard of such brutal treatment of these foreigners. Of course their status as visitors from the United States, a country of immense influence in Brazil, plays a role in their more pleasant experiences in the country. On the other hand, negative associations and stereotypes clearly influence the experiences of African and Haitian immigrants. Is there any other way to see this phenomenon?
One other thing worthy of notice here is the political situation. Last week, Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff was suspended during an impeachment process and replaced by her Vice-President, Michel Temer, as the interim president. As Dilma’s PT party has led the country since 2003, over the past several years, there has been a rising conservative element in the country that resents the social programs implemented under the Dilma and (predecessor) Lula da Silva administrations that have improved the lives of millions of black and poor Brazilians who have been largely shut out of the country’s middle and upper classes since its beginnings.
With the explosion of the economy for most of the past 14 years, large numbers of immigrants have come to the country in search of better opportunities. Now, with the political, economic crisis, the voices of opposition who crave the opportunity to put the ‘have nots’ back ‘in their places’, are rising, pointing the finger and supporting what many see as a golpe, or coup d’etat, to return the country back to the vast social divisions that, while still existing, had decreased in the past decade plus. With such developments and reports of assaults and hostility against Haitians, is there any wonder that many Haitian immigrants in Brazil are now packing up and moving on to Chile?
In Foz, fascists blame Dilma for the presence of a Haitian immigrant and start to beat him
Group attacks Haitian student in Foz do Iguaçu
By Rafael Gomes
Getho Mondesir was a victim of racism and suffered a beating on Saturday morning, in the downtown Foz do Iguaçu, located in the state of Paraná.
At 5:25 a.m., Getho walked to the motorcycle taxi stop.
His plan was to reach the bus station to take the 6am bus bound for Cascavel, where he would spend the weekend with his eight month old son.
The group of attackers was sitting at a table in a bar, on Avenida Brasil, in the city’s downtown.
“Macaco (monkey), you’re only here because of Dilma, but now you’ll have to go back,” were the words of the attackers.
Getho didn’t react and despite little knowledge of Portuguese, he tried to start a dialogue with the group. Their reaction was to call him macaco again and again and attack with a series of blows with beer bottles.
Still on the ground, Getho continued being assaulted. Escaping, he ran to a taxi stop, where he was recognized by one of the taxi drivers. The man applied first aid, called the police and Getho was taken to an Emergency Room in the city.
This is the way Getho Mondesir’s weekend plans were interrupted.
The student is 33 years old and is in the third semester of Public Administration and Public Policy at UNILA – Universidade Federal da Integração Latinoamericana (Federal University of Latin American Integration).
Getho arrived from Haiti on May 2, 2013 and in 2015 was awarded by UNILA’s Pro-Haiti program. The program provides scholarships for Haitian immigrants.
Source: Vio Mundo
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