Posted by Rebecca Atencio
Following the tradition of Argentine escraches and Chilean funas, Brazilian youths are “outing” accused torturers, spray-painting phrases such as “A torturer lives here” on the sidewalks in front of where said accused torturers live and work. The first outings began today in several cities (including São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, and Porto Alegre) and will continue over the next several months. One outing included the reenactment of torture on the parrot’s perch (pau de arara). The emergence of this kind of youth activism (escrachos in Portuguese) may signal a shift in public opinion, at least among young Brazilians, with regard to the meaning of the dictatorial past and the question of accountability for human rights crimes. (Thanks to Christopher Dunn for the heads up!).