The state of Rio de Janeiro will grant financial compensation to the families of the 11 victims of the “Acari Massacre”, as material and moral damages.
In order to determine the amount to be paid, the age of the victims on the date of disappearance and their life expectancy will be taken into account. This is what Law No. 9,753, authored by Deputy André Ceciliano (PT), sanctioned by Governor Cláudio Castro (PL) and published in the Official Gazette of the Executive Power this Friday (1st), determines.
The Executive Branch is also obliged to build a memorial to the victims in the community, with a public inauguration event.
The “Chacina de Acari” took place on July 26, 1990, when 11 young people from the community of Acari, in the northern part of the city of Rio de Janeiro, disappeared in Magé, in the Baixada Fluminense.
At the time, the victims were removed from a place, where they spent the day, by civil and military police who worked in an extermination group. After searching the property for jewelry and money, the group kidnapped them. Three days later, the car used in the kidnapping was found burned and covered in blood. The whereabouts of the youths were never discovered.
Mothers of Acari
The massacre gave rise to the Mães de Acari movement, one of the greatest symbols in the struggle for justice and memory of victims of police violence in Rio de Janeiro.
Led by Edméia da Silva Euzébio, mother of Luiz Henrique da Silva Euzébio (16 years old), Vera Lúcia Flores Leite, mother of Cristiane Souza Leite (17 years old), and Marilene Lima de Souza, mother of Rosana Souza Santos (17 years old), they formed Mães de Acari, a movement that demanded answers and denounced the crime at national and international levels.
The group of mothers from the north of Rio was even received by the first lady of France, Danielle Mitterrand, and by the secretary general of Amnesty International, Pierre Sane.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Jaqueline Deister