Panmela Castro’s Mural is Painted Over During International Art Week

(Miami, USA)

A mural made by the artist Panmela Castro to denounce an episode of violence committed by military policemen against a woman in a Rio de Janeiro’s favela was removed in Miami after American policemen complained about the displayed content. The graffiti was idealized as part of the Miami Art Week and depicted a black woman, Panmela Castro‘s student, being attacked by members of the police. The student was handcuffed and arrested for filming police officers interrogating a man in Rocinha favela, days after policemen were accused of killing 8 people in the neighbourhood. On the art piece, the artist wrote “Woman who filmed abused [sic] by police officers is beaten and arrested”.

The British journal The Guardian published a text last Thursday, the 5th, reporting that the representatives of the place that was graffitied, Aria 21, “did not want to jeopardise their good relationship with police”. Panmela told the journal that she is outraged and declared, about the mural, that “It talks about police abuse, so when the Miami police say it has to be removed it is also police abuse”.

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Photograph by Alexandre Abade.

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