Skip to main content

Racism in Portugal: Actor Bruno Candé brutally murdered

Designed by artist Yuran Henrique

Bruno Candé, Portuguese actor, was shot four times last Saturday, 25 July, in the afternoon while walking with his dog. The suspect is an 80-year-old man. The crime occurred in Moscavide in Loures, near Lisbon.

"The killer had already threatened with death three days earlier, uttering several racist insults. Given this circumstance is evident character premeditated and racist this heinous crime," the statement made by Bruno's family  to the Portuguese press.

Some witnesses at the scene said the man who allegedly killed Bruno had said several racist phrases, including "Go to the Senzala*", before killing the actor.

Soon after the crime, the elderly man tried to escape but was stopped  by the people who were close by, who surrendered him until the police arrived. The homicide is being investigated, and the elderly remains in detention.

Bruno left three children, a 3 year old girl and two 7 and 6 year old boys. Family members stated that he was "an extremely affable and sociable person, the favorite uncle of his nephews and a playful father, dedicated and connected to his family and mother".

SOS Racismo demanded, on Saturday, the 25th of July "justice" in the case of the death of the man shot this afternoon in Moscavide, municipality of Loures, district of Lisbon, considering it to be "a crime motivations of racial hatred".

Racism in Portugal
Portugal has increasingly addressed racism due to the murder of the American citizen George Floyd. Thousands of activists have approaced the issue on social media and with protests, however, several people have disagreed with the statement that "Portugal is also a racist country".

Portuguese politician André Ventura, from the "Chega" party, is the main believer that Portugal is not a racist country. The polemic politician is known to have a racist, sexist speech and speaks openly about how he is against the Roma community.
On his social networks André Ventura declares that "What happens in the murder of Bruno Candé is a tragedy, not racism! Portugal is not a racist country, you have to end this conversation.
To family and friends, my prayers and feelings are with you!"

This declaration caused thousands of Portuguese citizens to revolt and unite against racism in Portugal. In the last few days they have given testimonies of how they were discriminated against in the country because of their skin color or even nationality.

The country came together and called for a protest with the slogan: "Because racism killed again", on Friday, July 31, at 6 pm. The activists  will also be on the street to pay tribute to  Bruno Candé. 

Poster - Protest on July 31, 2020

* Senzala: slave quarters.
Translation of senzala from the GLOBAL Portuguese–English Dictionary © 2018 K Dictionaries Ltd

Article Written by:

Millena Ferraz



Popular posts from this blog

Looking for freedom in Asia

The story: Saudi Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18 years old, was on vacation in Kuwait with her family. Without her parents knowing, she took a plane and tried to flee to Australia. She had renounced Islam, and she was afraid of her family, of her country, and for her life. As soon as she arrived to the airport in Bangkok, Thailand, to take a connection flight, she was held by Saudi embassy officials and had her passport confiscated. She asked for the protection of Thai immigration officials, which escorted her to a transit hotel. She then barricaded herself inside and posted several pictures saying she was seeking refugee status from any country that would protect her from getting harmed or killed due to leaving her religion. Her Twitter account attracted more than 50,000 followers in less than 48 hours and her story grabbed the attention of foreign governments as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR ), which eventually granted her the refugee status. Al-Qu

An interview with Marta Cortesão - Astrobiologist (International Day of Women and Girls in Science)

  In light of International Women and Girls in Science Day, we interviewed Marta Cortesão, a young female portuguese Astrobiologist. She is currently a PhD Student  at the Space Microbiology research group at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne. Marta deals mainly with the study of fungi and microbes and how they survive in extreme conditions studying their adaptation to spaceflight and outerspace conditions. Throughout your childhood and teenage years, did you have any career aspirations? When I was a kid I wanted to be a policewoman, and for many years I kept thinking one day I would be a musician. In my first year of high school I wanted to be a forensic doctor (CSI style) but I ended up quitting that aspiration soon after I found out that a forensic doctor was first and foremost a medical doctor. I guess what I wanted from the CSI life was to be the scientist in the lab doing experiments that help answer questions!  What discovery or invention inspires you

Are European women safe under the current sexual assault laws?

Only 9 European countries legally define rape as “sex without consent”, all the others (including other 22 EU member states) consider that, for this type of sexual assault to be considered actual rape, there has to be some sort of form of force or violence involved. Some countries have even yet to criminalise marital rape. This means that, if a woman is raped but the perpetrator doesn’t use force, or if she does not fight back, if there are no signs of forced penetration or violence, it is not considered rape by the law.    In 2020, rape culture is still very much alive and women’s safety continues undermined and overlooked.   The shift in the legal definition of rape to “sex without consent” may seem not revolutionary enough to some but, the fact is that many women are raped without any signs of violence and when they do report it to the police, they realize that nothing can be done for them because the assault does not fit the definition of the crime they are reporting.