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Samba-school carnival parade depicts troubled Brazil as 'monster'

Dance display featured armed gangs, corrupt politicians, victims of stray bullets and a child’s coffin

An official carnival parade by the Beija-Flor samba school in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome stadium, in which the country was described as a “monster”, has highlighted some of Brazil’s bitter realities.

The hard-hitting display on Monday night featured performers as victims of stray bullets, armed favela gangs, corrupt politicians and executives, murdered police officers, and terrified schoolchildren cowering during a shootout. An open coffin depicted a dummy of a dead child – a reference to children killed in Rio’s gang-violence crossfire – while a famous drag queen appealed for tolerance.

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