Vi um vídeo das agressões à porta da discoteca Urban. Só um, e fiquei com uma dúvida: no meio de todos aqueles assistentes, algum chegou mais perto e gritou "eh, lá! Parem com isso! Vou chamar a polícia!", ou algo assim?
Ou limitaram-se a filmar, e a fazer comentários chocados para as pessoas que tinham ao lado?
A coragem para ajudar, agora é só via facebook?
Fiz esta pergunta no facebook, e responderam-me o que se segue.
(todas as frases seguintes são copiadas ou são resumos de comentários no meu facebook)
- Quem se chegasse perto também apanhava;
- Num caso destes, o melhor é chamar a polícia do modo mais discreto possível, não vão os "seguranças" reparar no acto e começarem as represálias;
- Também não convém filmar de forma muito ostensiva;
- Há conivência e protecção por parte da polícia, pelo que não vale a pena chamá-los (este caso da Urban, por exemplo: o
piquete da PSP chamado ao local só registou a ocorrência 36 horas
depois, após o protesto/inquérito da chefia ao ser confrontada
com a mediatização do vídeo);
- Portanto: nos dias que correm, só depois de o caso andar no facebook , no youtube ou no instagram é que as autoridades actuam;
- Chamar-se a polícia numa situação destas é o lado para os seguranças dormem melhor.
Eles estão habituados a cenas com a polícia, a maior parte tem amigos
na polícia, e alguns até são ou foram polícias. Eles não têm medo de
nada e têm razão para não ter medo. O pior que lhes acontece é uma pena
suspensa e uma palmada na mão. Isso para eles é uma medalha. Se forem
mesmo presos então, tornam-se realmente temidos. São lógicas
completamente maradas e eu não aconselho ninguém a meter-se nesses
assados, nem chamo covardia às pessoas não irem lá apanhar porrada
Outra coisa completamente diferente, e
que faz realmente efeito, é, como se fez, fechar aquilo... tirar as
licenças aos donos e aos seguranças, ir-lhes ao bolso...
Pequeno intervalo para tirar conclusões: num país que acredita não ser racista, há discotecas que não deixam entrar pessoas devido à cor da sua pele, e toda a gente sabe mas continua a frequentar esses lugares. Num país que afirma que a violência é um monopólio do Estado, os seguranças privados sentem-se à vontade para agredir brutalmente as pessoas a quem recusaram a entrada, e quem as queira socorrer. Num país que acredita ser um Estado de Direito, as pessoas assistem às brutalidades sem fazer nada porque temem apanhar também, e partem do princípio de que não vale a pena chamar a polícia, porque os polícias estão feitos com os seguranças.
Na impossibilidade de resolver de raiz o racismo, os esquemas entre polícias e seguranças, a mentalidade dos seguranças e as lacunas do Estado de Direito, sugiro simplesmente que seja obrigatório haver câmaras e gravadores de voz à entrada de todos esses clubes (e agarrem-me, que estou quase a propor quotas para pessoas não brancas). Se houver queixa de alguém por não ter podido entrar, a autoridade competente vê as gravações de imagem e som para averiguar os critérios dos seguranças e a justeza da decisão tomada em relação àquele cliente. Se a queixa for justificada, tanto o estabelecimento como o segurança são penalizados.
Ou outra solução qualquer. Mas é preciso fazer algo, porque os relatos que se seguem deixam bem claro que é preciso agir com urgência e determinação. Isto é uma vergonha e é absolutamente inaceitável.
1. Connor McCreesh (link)
2. Ruben Murray, no facebook:
I usually do not overshare on Facebook but this must be said.
This is an open letter addressing an act of violence and racism that my family, my friends and myself were victims of.
On the night of August 12th, I was attacked outside the K Urban Beach
club in Lisbon, Portugal. I was choked then kicked multiple time in the
head and ribs by four men with my little sister watching. When my
sister tried to intervene she got pulled away by the hair and bruised.
Two other male friends were attacked when filming the situation and
confronting the assailant, and one female friend was handled violently.
The assailants were the security of the club. We did not represent a
threat to anybody, we were just seeking answers and we got our taste of
the extent of racism and biases ingrained in our society. In this post, I
will describe the series of event that lead up to the incident and what
followed, along with my own point of view on the situation.
After a night of bar hopping in the Bairro Alto, my friends and I
attempted to go to a nightclub called the K Urban Beach on the docks of
Santos. I was familiar with this club because my senior year of high
school I went there with a group of friends and was told I needed to pay
350 euro to get in, while my friends got in for free. I am black and
they are white. After refusing to pay nor to leave, I was physically
kicked out with my friends still inside. At that time, I had a pretty
big Afro and was wearing African print pants, so I justified their
response by thinking this was not your usual clubbing attire. I went to
this club for a second time in December 2016, this time in “acceptable”
clothing, but we were still asked to pay $350 to get in. The last time I
tried was the night of August 11th, with two of my best friends, my
sister, and my sister's friend. The reason why I decided to try again is
unknown: maybe I wanted to trust my white friend who told me it was a
lot of fun when he got in two years ago, maybe I wanted to show my
little sister that I too could “roll” with the gang, or maybe I wanted
to prove to myself that it was not my color that always kept me at the
That night, we briefly waited in line, and in front of us a
group of four white men, wearing white button ups, got in. We were a
diverse group: my sister and I are mixed with impressive hair, one of my
friends is black Caribbean and the other is Portuguese, and my sister’s
friend is white. When we got to the bouncers, we were told it was a
private party and we had to pay $250. We were exasperated and
frustrated. It's a basic act of frustration that bouncers are supposed
to deal with in a calm manner to de-escalate a potential violent
situation. We told them their decision was clearly racist. After
exchanging harsh words, I tried to get everyone to turn around and
leave, but my Portuguese friend and my sister’s friend stay, contesting
their decision. I walked away with my sister and my other friend. We
turned around to tell my friend it was not worth it and we saw him
getting punched in the face by one of the bouncers. We rushed to help.
Their reaction was automated and weirdly organized: at least eight
bouncers lined up between me and my friend who was getting beat up. I
tried to get to my friend but got punched in the stomach by a raging,
white bouncer. I heard a scream to my right, and saw that my friend had
fallen to the floor and appeared to be convulsing - he has asthma and
had been in a chokehold so I immediately rushed over to him. One of the
bouncers kneeled and was about to continue punching my friend who was
on the floor in a semi-conscious state When I pushed him away, I
immediately felt something tightening around my neck: I was put in a
chokehold by one of the bouncers. Once I was unable to retaliate, I was
put on the floor and punched and kicked in the face and the ribs while I
was trying to catch my breath. Thankfully I was able to protect my head
with my elbows but they got in at least six successful jabs to my face
and four on my ribs, and I have carpet burns on my elbows from being
dragged on their “red carpet.” My sister and her friend, thinking they
wouldn’t be handled violently, rushed to stop the situation. My little
sister was dragged by her hair for several feet and handled very
violently, as was her friend. I have never seen in my life women being
handled so violently. After they were done with me, I managed to stand
up and take pictures, but they deliberately flashed their flashlight at
our phones to make the photos blurry. I later found out my friend was
put in a chokehold in the first place for filming the beginning of the
situation. Their quick resort to violence, their organization, and their
attempt to prevent photo documentation indicates that this behavior was
tactical, rehearsed and commonplace. The scene was so violent, two
young women we did not know called the police. When the police came,
they told us the only thing we could do is file a report to the police
station the following day, but we all know there is never justice in
those cases. One of the bouncers even approached them, not intimidated,
to tell them the police officer could come inside talk to the director
of the nightclub, his casual behavior jarringly different from the
violence he had just committed against us.
These 8 bouncers
wanted to hurt us/ This was not an interaction between drunk people and
normal respectful bouncers, it was five young adults and teenagers
trying to party in Lisbon, and a team of racist, violent bouncers. These
animals wave the image of our bruised faces like trophies, therefore I
will not share a photo of my mine.
Two days before the incident,
I was called a racist by a friend because I used the notion of race in a
discussion. "I don't see race," she said. I saw the consequences of not
talking about the racial problem in our world when I felt the bruises
on my ribs, the bumps on my head and the pain around my neck. Violence
against people of color is often perceived as a myth for a lot of
people, and it is even as a person of color it is hard to realize that
this is still real. Why? Because it's 2017, and we might be more
privileged than our parents, so we tend to forget about it when we
aren’t usually faced with violence To my white friends, to those
stronger than the oppressed ones, we will stand up but please do too.
Please call out the people around you for perpetuating racism, in public
or in private. Call out your racist family members, do not let people
get too comfortable. But don't be aggressive, talk first, explains why
this behavior is wrong. This is 2017, this shouldn't happen anymore.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Let's get justice. I’m glad I am still here to fight another day.
Here are links where you can put horrible reviews to this club. Google K
Urban Beach and write the worst review. Here is some other place where
you can write reviews.
I have reached out to other people who have a similar experience in the
day preceding ours. We are trying our best to shed light on this club’s