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Brazil Observes Black Awareness Day with Little to Celebrate

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Events in several cities across Brazil took thousands to the streets to celebrate Consciência Negra (Black Awareness Day) on Tuesday. Most of those celebrating the day criticized the social and political conditions of Afro-Brazilians today.

"Our people are dying. If you go to any hospital, there are a lot of people dying and most of them are black, but the main threat today is violence: there is a cruel genocide of our youth," said Fátima Malaquias, from the Rio’s Black Rights Defense Municipal Council to government . . .

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