By Julia Rochester
Simply after nighttime, within the early morning of July 23, 1993, a bunch of fellows later pointed out as off-duty policemen opened fireplace on a gaggle of road teenagers napping tough outdoor one in all Rio de Janeiro’s so much fashionable landmarks—the Church of Our girl of the Candel?ria. The incident turned referred to as the Candel?ria bloodbath and it roused the folk of Rio—the Cariocas—and took them to the streets in protest. almost immediately sooner than the shootings on the church the policemen picked up 3 boys returning to Candel?ria from the seashore and took them off of their automobile to be shot somewhere else. Shot and left for lifeless, one in every of them survived. His survival altered the political panorama. His identify is Wagner dos Santos. this is often his tale. Wagner Santos’s intensely tragic, regarding, and engaging own historical past is additionally a glimpse into the darkish complexities and cultural panorama of Rio de Janeiro, essentially the most attractive and vibrant cities on the planet.