“When the Bullets Aren’t Rubber: Racism and Violence in Brazil’s Protests,” by Katherine Jensen

Photo courtesy of Racism Review.
Photo courtesy of Racism Review.

Sociology PhD candidate Katherine Jensen wrote a blog post today for Racism Review on the recent street protests in São Paulo, Brazil.  Katie is currently living and doing research in Brazil.


“On June 13, Brazilian military police shot journalist Giuliana Vallone in the eye with a rubber bullet. That night police violently repressed a street protest in São Paulo, Brazil where thousands had gone to demand the reversal of a recent 7% bus fare increase. Local media and organizations like Amnesty International denounced the police’s “excessive use of force,” including its indiscriminate use of tear gas and rubber bullets. News of the police repression in São Paulo sparked indignation across the country.”

Read the post.

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