SP police arrest suspect of participating in vandalism against statue of Borba Gato – Prime Time Zone

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On Saturday, the day protesters took to the streets against the Jair Bolsonaro government, a group set fire to the monument

Reproduction/TwitterTen meters tall, the statue in honor of the pioneer was inaugurated in 1963

A São Paulo Civil Police he arrested, at dawn on Sunday, 25, one of the suspects in setting fire to the scout’s statue Fight Gato, in the region of Santo Amaro, south of the capital. On Saturday, the day protesters took to the streets against the government Jair Bolsonaro, a group of 15 people set fire to the monument. The police were unable to say whether the group would participate in the protest scheduled for 3 pm, with a concentration on Avenida Paulista. However, the vilification of monuments that pay homage to slavery symbols is part of the action of some leftist groups. The statue of Borba Gato had already been seen since last year, when the group Black Lives Matter, after the death of George Floyd, began to topple statues of historical personalities considered racist.

This Sunday, the Police reported that, during investigation, teams from the 11th Police District – Santo Amaro identified the driver of the truck that drove part of the group to the location and transported the tires — and that the license plate of the vehicle was tampered with. Investigations continue to identify and locate the remaining authors. Ten meters high, the statue in honor of the pioneer was inaugurated in 1963. On social networks, leftwing activists and activists or from identity movements celebrated the act against the memory of Borba Gato. The fire has been contained and the statue remains standing.