Brazil: man’s lynching compared to slave flogging

Emmanuelle Saliba – NBC News, 7/10/2015

A shocking newspaper cover – comparing a recent lynching to the treatment of slaves – has gone viral in Brazil.

“From trunk to pole,” declared the cover headline of the newspaper “Extra,” comparing a 200-year-old public slave flogging to the lynching Monday of Cleidenilson Pereira da Silva.

According to reports, residents took matters into their own hands in São Luís, a city located in northern Brazil, after da Silva, 29, and a teenager attempted to rob a bar. Silva was caught, stripped naked, tied to a pole and beaten to death, the O Estado newspaper reported. Angry residents also threw a variety of objects at him, including stones and bottles. The teenager was brutally beaten.

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