Vinicius de Vita – The Huffington Post, 07/12/2016
On a Sunday, July 3, protesters in Brazil took to one of the main avenues in São Paulo to show their support for Congressman Jair Bolsonaro (PSC-RJ), who is a defendant before the Supreme Court for inciting rape and is under investigation by the Ethics Committee of the House of Representatives for having praised a torturer of Brazil’s military dictatorship during President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment vote. The Congressman is known for his homophobic, racist, misogynistic and xenophobic statements. He is also a potential candidate in Brazil’s 2018 presidential election and has more than 3 million followers on his Facebook page.
On the same day, media published articles about the death of Diego Vieira Machado, a student of Letters at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). The 29-year-old Diego was found dead in the Fundão campus, located in the northern region of Rio, semi-naked and showing signs of abuse. He was gay, black, poor and was born in the north of Brazil, and according to friends he had suffered several threats. As of the publication of this article, there are four possible suspects.
A day before, the victim was a 24-year-old named André Felipe Colares. He was found dead after a graduation party at the State University of Montes Claros (Unimontes), in the state of Minas Gerais. He had a cut on his neck and showed signs of torture; both eyes were pierced by toothpicks, his pants and underwear were down near his ankles. According to his family, André was gay.