A Week after Deaths, Funk Party in Paraisópolis Pays Tribute to Victims in A Tense Climate

The empty party still attracts young people who drink whiskey with coconut ice and do the umbrella dance

São Paulo

This Sunday (8), the DZ7 party in Paraisópolis was different than previous weeks. There was complete silence for one minute as the speakers that resonated with the many decibels of the funk beat were turned off.

The names of the nine young people killed there exactly one week ago were read aloud.

Funk party in Paraisópolis pays tribute to victims. Foto Marlene Bergamo/Folhapress. 017 - SELENE 577995

On December 1, a police operation interrupted the party that brought together over 5,000 people. The PM says it acted after a motorcycle broke a blockade, entered the ball, and shot at the agents, who then reacted. Images and reports, however, show that the crowd was eventually cornered in two narrow lanes by police, between gas bombs and nightsticks.

The episode startled some of the audience, which was much smaller than the previous week. On the busiest days, the DZ7 party reaches another party, the Bega party, which takes place on the street parallel to Ernest Renan. This time, the path was clear between the two events.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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