Bruno Cande, A Black actor of Guinean origin was shot several times by a white man in his eighties at Avenida de Moscavide, around 10 km from Lisbon’s city center. This is another incident of a black man getting harassed after George Floyd’s incident in Minneapolis. A suspect is detained and is awaiting trial. Hundreds of anti-racism agitators took over one of Lisbon’s main squares on Friday to demand justice for Bruno Cande
Portugal’s criminal investigation police agency, the PJ, has not confirmed what is the reason behind the attack. Cande’s family said in a statement on Saturday the suspect had threatened to kill him three days before the shooting and used racist slurs. During the peaceful protests, protesters were seen wearing masks due to the COVID-19 outbreak and held signs saying “Justice!” and “Racism kills!”
32-year-old protester Sofia Rodrigues asked among the crowd, “Why are we here and unable to live in peace? We are working, paying our taxes. Why are they always killing black people?” While the other protester whose name is Eduardo Henriques said, “From authorities to day-to-day life, Portugal remains a racist country.”
The case has highlighted the racism in Portugal, including frictions with police. In Guinea-Bissau, lawmakers passed a motion stating the murder was racially motivated and said they would send a delegation to discover what happened to Cande.
In a 2018 report, Europe’s main rights forum, the Council of Europe revealed there were numerous serious accusations of racist violence by Portuguese police.