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    Posted April 24, 2014 by
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    Rio de Janeiro Slum dwellers form a Protest March on return from Douglas Rafael's funeral.

    Yesterday a Young Dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva was found dead in a pre-schoolers (Creche) building in the Pavãozinho Favela (Hill Top Slum) in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Douglas's mother, Maria de Fatima da Silva, claims her son was tortured by Police indicating she wanted to report his death to Amnesty International. Police say Douglas was hit by a lost bullet during a firefight between Police & drug dealers, scratches/marks on Douglas's body were due to a fall after being shot. .Mourners returning from (DG) Douglas Rafaels Funeral marched hand in hand down the middle of Copacabana's main Avenue 'Nossa Senhora de Copacabana' snarling up local afternoon traffic. Strong Police presence in and around entrance to the favela in Rua Sá Ferreira controls situation. A small breakout of confusion during march, with reports of a tear gas canister fired by Police. All ends quietly around 5:00PM and local traffic tries to get back to normal. Videos shows traffic in Posto 6 Copacabana at the location where the protest march ended minutes earlier and people in local bars watching TV following the protest. Police have promised a full autopsy report and the Police individuals involved in the firefight are being interrogated and all their Side Arms & Semi Automatic Rifles were taken away for ballistics testing. Local Time is about 5:10PM
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