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Brazil: Batman crusades for Rio's poor01:01

Brazil: Batman crusades for Rio's poor

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
January 19, 2014 at 21:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

Brazil: Batman crusades for Rio's poor

Thousands from Rio's poorest neighbourhoods planned to occupy the upper-class Leblon shopping centre in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to protest against social discrimination in Brazil. At the head of the protest was a man dressed as Batman, the comic book caped crusader, who joined forces with his arch-enemy the Joker to highlight inequality in Brazilian society.

After hearing of the planned occupation on social media channels however, the mall management decided to suspend operation for the day rather than face invasion.

This occupy protest is part of a growing flash mob movement that began in Sao Paulo called "rozelinhos". In particular, protesters are calling for action to end structural racism which they argue produces disproportionate ratio of black Brazilians to white Brazilians living beneath the poverty line. The shopping mall was chosen as a target due to its symbolism to activists of capitalism excluding the city's poor.

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Brazil: Batman crusades for Rio's poor

Thousands from Rio's poorest neighbourhoods planned to occupy the upper-class Leblon shopping centre in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to protest against social discrimination in Brazil. At the head of the protest was a man dressed as Batman, the comic book caped crusader, who joined forces with his arch-enemy the Joker to highlight inequality in Brazilian society.

After hearing of the planned occupation on social media channels however, the mall management decided to suspend operation for the day rather than face invasion.

This occupy protest is part of a growing flash mob movement that began in Sao Paulo called "rozelinhos". In particular, protesters are calling for action to end structural racism which they argue produces disproportionate ratio of black Brazilians to white Brazilians living beneath the poverty line. The shopping mall was chosen as a target due to its symbolism to activists of capitalism excluding the city's poor.