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Artists Re-imagine the ‘Woman Who Was Dragged’ and Killed by Brazil's Military Police

Warning: Some might find the following video graphic and even disturbing.

NOTE: All links lead to Portuguese language pages unless otherwise noted.

By Thiana Biondo
Claudia Silva Ferreira, 38, went out to buy bread on Sunday, March 16, 2014. In the Morro da Congonha neighborhood where she lived in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Silva Ferreira came across a shootout between the 9th Military Police Battalion and drug traffickers. She was shot, and police put her in the car to take her to Hospital Carlos Chagas. She succumbed to her injuries and died.

Image by Gabriela Biscário for the 100xCláudia tribute on Think Olga blog.

All this would have been just another episode of urban violence, if not for the way the police dealt with Claudia. Thrown into the trunk of a Chevrolet Blazer car of the military police, the trunk for some reason opened as the police were driving, and it caught her clothing. She then fell out of the vehicle and was dragged on the asphalt for 250 meters.

Image by Harete for 100xCláudia, Think Olga

The scene sparked a series of online reactions, including an homage by blog Think Olga, which invited artists and netizens to portray Silva Ferreira in a dignified way, as opposed to her last minutes of life:

A mulher arrastada pela Polícia Militar tinha nome – Cláudia Silva Ferreira. Cláudia também tinha família. E sonhos, coragem, dores e medos como qualquer ser humano. As denúncias da barbárie ocorrida são importantes e elas não devem cessar. Mas fugir do sensacionalismo e humanizar esse momento também é. Por isso, nos propusemos a retratar Cláudia com mais carinho do que o visto nos últimos dias.

The woman dragged by the military police had a name – Claudia Silva Ferreira. Claudia also had a family. And dreams, courage, sorrows and fears as any human being. Condemnations of the horror that occurred are important and should not cease. But to flee from the sensationalism and to humanize this moment is [important] too. Therefore, we set out to portray Claudia with more affection than what we have seen in recent days.

The project, named 100 Vezes Cláudia (100 Times Claudia), received more than 100 illustrations from different corners of the country in just 24 hours. Images kept pouring in, so a second page was created named Mais 100 Vezes Cláudia (100 Times More Claudia), which is being filled with dozens of tributes. One of the ideas of the promoters is to make an exhibition with the portraits and send some to Claudia's family.

Take a look at some of the images:

“In memory and justice of Claudia Silva Ferreira – 16.03.2014.” Image by
Aline Valek for 100xCláudia, Think Olga.

Image by Sara Storrer for 100xCláudia, Think Olga

Image by Lethycia, a student from the class of teacher Cristiane Schifelbein
for 100xCláudia, Think Olga

Image by Fernanda Guedes for 100xCláudia, Think Olga

Image by Gui Soares for 100xCláudia, Think Olga

Lucas Torres Matuda created a video that gathers a collection of images sent to #100xCláudia:

Reprinted with permission from Global Voices.

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