Note from BW of Brazil: The people know what’s going on. Some months back, as the issue of land rights of Afro-Brazilian fugitive slave communities began to heat up (see previous material here), I remember reading one activist saying how the communities must stand up in this struggle before they started to see the increase in the assassinations of their leaders. People know. A few weeks ago, yet another black leader was gunned down and while the newspapers didn’t speak on the political ramifications of the crime, there is almost no way to dispute the motive. I will continue to keep readers posted on developments in this struggle. Condolences to the family of Flávio “Binho” Gabriel Pacífico.
Quilombola leader shot dead in Simões Filho
Courtesy of A Tarde and Instituto Cultural Beneficente Steve Biko
The community leader, Flávio Gabriel Pacífico, 36, also known as Binho do Quilombo dos Palmares, was shot dead on Tuesday morning, 19, in the region known as Pitanga do Palmares, in the city of Simões Filho, in Salvador’s Metropolitan Region.
He was murdered near Centro Comunitário Nossa Esperança – when he parked his car in front of a neighbor’s tent to receive some money. At that moment, another vehicle approached, called Flávio’s name of and fired 12 shots at the quilombola.
Flávio, who was on his way to his mother’s house, where he would accompany her to a doctor’s office, was struck by 10 shots. He was married to leaves three children.
Binho’s body was found inside his car, in front of the Municipal School of Pitanga de Palmares with bullet wounds.
Binho is the son of the former secretary of the Promotion of Racial Equality of the municipality, Maria Bernadete Pacífico, who is also a militant in the struggle for the valorization of the quilombola communities and those of African origins.
In 2016, Binho participated in classes at Biko, together with the students of the Pre-Vestibular (college exam prep courses), especially in the classes of the discipline Cidadania e Consciência Negra – CCN (Citizenship and Black Consciousness). He was already a candidate for councilman of the municipality of Simões Filho and was recognized for his militancy in favor of human rights, especially when it came to the Quilombola community where he originated.
The crime will be investigated by the 22nd Simões Filho Territorial Police Station.