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Brazil's poor teens stir rising black militancy

Published on Jan 19, 2014 11:00 AM
 
A group of young people pulling off a "rolezinho" gathering at the Plaza shopping mall in Niteroi, suburb of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Jan 18, 2014. Flash mobs of slum teenagers in Brazil's upscale shopping malls are spreading, and stirring black activism for greater social justice, experts say. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAO PAULO (AFP) - Flash mobs of slum teenagers in Brazil's upscale shopping malls are spreading, and stirring black activism for greater social justice, experts say.

Since last month, the "rolezinhos", or flash mobs, have occurred mostly in Sao Paulo but they are now catching on in more cities, including Rio de Janeiro and Campinas.

Shopping centers have responded by boosting their private security and securing court injunctions to close their premises - or to get police to keep protesters out.

At a protest on Saturday, angry demonstrators unfurled a banner proclaiming "In the World Cup country, racist malls deny entry to black and poor people."

 
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