A video of a trans woman in Brazil being dragged into the street and beaten to death is being passed around the Internet as an example of the extreme violence sexual minorities face around the world. The horrifying incident occurred on February 15th, but video has gone viral since.
Warning: video NSFW; graphic violence.
“Every and any attack on life has my deepest repudiation,” the governor of Ceará, Camilo Santana, wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday:
The video in question depicts Dandara dos Santos covered in blood being beaten, kicked, and bludgeoned by a plank of wood. She was later shot in the face twice and killed, although the murder itself was not caught on camera.
“This was a very cruel crime and it shocked us,” said Bruno Ronchi, a police officer who is leading the investigation.
The statistics on the killing of Brazilian trans people are rather terrifying: 58 were murdered in 2008 (when data on this began being gathered), but 144 were murdered in 2017 alone.
“When you don’t have respect for a segment of population, that ends up in violence,” said Maria da Silva, a transgender woman, lawyer and activist, commenting on the marginalization of trans people in Brazil.
Meanwhile in the USA, 7 trans women have already been murdered in 2017.