The protest turned violent Friday night when protesters smashed windows and delivery vehicles in the supermarket parking lot. A Reuters witness saw police firing tear gas at protesters.
In Sao Paulo, dozens of protesters smashed the front windows of a Carrefour store with stones, ripped open the front doors and stormed the building, spilling products in the aisles before dispersing. In Rio de Janeiro, around 200 screaming protesters gathered outside another Carrefour store.
November 20 is honored in many parts of Brazil as Black Awareness Day. Brazilians like to think of their country as a harmonious “racial democracy” and far-right President Jair Bolsonaro denies the presence of racism. But the influence of slavery, abolished in 1899, is still evident.
Black Brazilians are almost three times more likely to be homicide victims, according to government data from 2019.
“The culture of hatred and racism must be fought at its source and the full weight of the law must be used to punish those who promote hatred and racism”, wrote Rodrigo Maia, president of the lower house of the Brazilian Congress , in a tweet.