Thu, 28 Jan 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- A Brazilian state attorney filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Carrefour to seek 200 million reals (37.6 million U.S. dollars) in damages after a black man was beaten to death by security guards at the retailer's store in Brazil's southern city of Porto Alegre.

Apart from claiming damages, The lawsuit by the attorney asked a court to shut the store in the city in order to "reduce the risk of possible hostile acts that could occur during protests."

Carrefour Brazil said in a statement that it had not been formally cited by the public defender's office and it would provide any information needed by the government.

The victim Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas, 40, had an argument with the supermarket's security guards, who later brutally beat him to death.

A protest was staged in front of the supermarket where the incident happened. Police in the city used tear gas and flash bang grenades against the protestors, according to local television.

In Sao Paulo, about 1,000 protesters stormed a set of the French-owned Carrefour supermarket chain, and trashed and burned goods, according to media reports.

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