Samba school carnival parade depicts Brazil as 'monster'

Beija-Flor dance display features armed gangs, corrupt politicians, dancers as stray bullets and child’s coffin

An official carnival parade by the Beija-Flor samba school in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome stadium, in which the country was described as a “monster”, highlighted some of Brazil’s bitter realities .

The hard-hitting display on Monday night featured performers as stray bullets shooting victims, armed favela gangs, corrupt politicians and executives, murdered police officers, and terrified schoolchildren cowering during a shootout. An open coffin depicted a dummy of a dead child – a reference to children killed in Rio’s gang-violence crossfire, while a famous drag queen appealed for tolerance.

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Original published: 2018-02-13 15:31:49 Read the full Rio De Janeiro News here


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