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Brazil: Hundreds protest against police violence after 8-year-old girl shot dead01:39

Brazil: Hundreds protest against police violence after 8-year-old girl shot dead

Brazil, Rio De Janeiro
September 24, 2019 at 08:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people joined the latest protest against police violence in Rio De Janeiro on Monday. Demonstrations were triggered by the death of an 8-year-old from a stray bullet in a police operation

Agatha Felix was returning home from school in Complexo do Alemao favela when she was shot in the back in what police said was a shoot-out with suspected criminals. Residents disputed this account saying officers opened fire on two suspects on motorcycles.

Protesters gathered in front of the State Legislative Assembly blaming Rio De Janeiro governor's 'shoot-to-kill' policy for Agatha's death. Wilson Witzel was elected in October 2018 after promising to deal with drug criminals.

"We have to provide education, health and fun for children and change this policy of safety that is so wrong. The governor said that in the middle of a war innocents die, it makes no sense to say something like that after the death of a 8 year old kid," said Agatha's aunt, Daniele Lima Felix.

Brazil: Hundreds protest against police violence after 8-year-old girl shot dead01:39
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Hundreds of people joined the latest protest against police violence in Rio De Janeiro on Monday. Demonstrations were triggered by the death of an 8-year-old from a stray bullet in a police operation

Agatha Felix was returning home from school in Complexo do Alemao favela when she was shot in the back in what police said was a shoot-out with suspected criminals. Residents disputed this account saying officers opened fire on two suspects on motorcycles.

Protesters gathered in front of the State Legislative Assembly blaming Rio De Janeiro governor's 'shoot-to-kill' policy for Agatha's death. Wilson Witzel was elected in October 2018 after promising to deal with drug criminals.

"We have to provide education, health and fun for children and change this policy of safety that is so wrong. The governor said that in the middle of a war innocents die, it makes no sense to say something like that after the death of a 8 year old kid," said Agatha's aunt, Daniele Lima Felix.

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