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Video: Transgender dancer Piu da Silva murdered before Rio Carnival

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Piu da Silva photo The Guardian

A video has emerged showing transgender woman Piu da Silva, a dancer with the famed Beija-Flor dance school in Rio de Janeiro, being beaten to death.  Ms. Piu wearing makeup in the video disappeared while on her way to dance recital. The Carnival begins in a few days so there is very little mention of this on the web.

Her sisters and brothers at the school have since been wearing black armbands in remembrance.

The death of a transwoman, who was a dancer of the Beija-Flor, in Rio de Janeiro, caused an uproar of friends in the samba school. Claudio da Silva, 25, known as “tweet”, disappeared last Thursday (22), when she left home to attend the pre-carnival test.

The next day, a video posted on social networks showed that the trans woman had been tortured by criminals in a slum in Morro da Mina, in Ahmedabad, in the Baixada Fluminense. The recording shows the attackers accusing “Tweet” to go to the slum at the behest of militiamen.

After the release of the video, family began to search for the samba dancer’s body, which was only found on Saturday (24), at the Forensics Department of Duque de Caxias, with at least six perforations shots and beating several brands.

Relatives deny that “tweet” was involved with the Rio militia. Police are investigating the case.

The program 190 is displayed from Monday to Friday, by the CNT at 22h, all over Brazil, and at 8 am for the state of Paraná.

O Programa 190 é exibido de segunda a sexta, pela CNT, às 22h, para todo o Brasil, e às 8h, para o Estado do Paraná.

Additional source:
The Guardian.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender



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