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Brazilian Leftist Senator Gomes Was Shot During Police Protest

  • Cid Gomes is taken to a hospital after being shot in Sobral, Brazil, Feb. 19, 2020.

    Cid Gomes is taken to a hospital after being shot in Sobral, Brazil, Feb. 19, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 20 February 2020

Militarized police officers were harassing the population and organizing mutinies in the state of Ceara.

Masked military policemen Wednesday shot the Brazilian Socialist Party's Senator Cid Gomes during a police protest in Sobral city, state of Ceara, Brazil.


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"Cid Gomes was shot with a firearm and is currently being stabilized at a hospital in the region," his adviser said in a statement.

The Brazilian senator, who is the brother of former presidential candidate Ciro Gomes, was in Sobral amidst a protest of militarized policemen who were demanding an increase in their salaries.

The attack on Cid Gomes occurred while he was driving a backhoe to try to break a blockade made at the gates of a municipal police battalion.

A video posted on social networks shows that hooded policemen tried to obstruct the passage of the Senator by throwing objects at him. Then, at that video, it can be heard the sound of shots breaking the glass of the backhoe on which Cid Gomes was mounted.

"Although I am full of rage, I calmly wait for the authorities to present those who attempted this barbaric murder and submit them to the law," former presidential candidate Gomes said.

A few hours before the attack, his brother, Senator Gomes, announced that he was going to his hometown because of "the deplorable scenes" he had seen.

On Wednesday morning, a group of hooded military policemen were touring downtown Sobral and ordering merchants to close their businesses.

According to the Regional Security Secretariat, groups of militarized police officers were organizing mutinies in several cities of Ceara.

Among other things, the hooded men entered at least four battalions of the Military Police where they punctured the official vehicles' tires.​​​​​​​

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