The Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro remains in the dark in solidarity with Vinícius Júnior


LaLiga Santander 2022 – 2023


The lighting was switched off for an hour as a “symbol of the collective fight against racism and in solidarity with the footballer and all those who suffer from prejudice in the world”

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The Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro.MS
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The Christ the Redeemer, the monumental statue that crowns the Corcovado hill and which is the greatest symbol of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, was left in the dark on Monday night for an hour in solidarity with Real Madrid footballer Vincius Jnior, victim of racist insults in Spain.

The lights that illuminate the 709-meter statue of the famous Christ with open arms were turned off at 6:00 p.m. local time (21:00 GMT) and left the monument in darkness until 7:00 p.m. local time (22:00 GMT).

“The Archdiocesan Shrine of Christ the Redeemer repudiates the racist attacks suffered by Brazilian soccer player Vincius Jnior on Sunday, May 21, during the match between Real Madrid and Valencia,” in the Spanish League, the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro reported in a statement.

The lighting was switched off for an hour as a “symbol of collective struggle against racism and in solidarity with the footballer and all those who suffer from prejudice in the world,” added the note.

The attacker of Real Madrid and the Brazilian team said excited for the act of support in a message he posted on his social networks.

“Black is important. The Christ the Redeemer was like that recently. An action of solidarity that moves me. But I want, above all, to inspire and bring more light to our fight,” he said.

Vini Jr, who comes from one of the municipalities in the metropolitan area of ​​Rio de Janeiro and who began his sports career in this Brazilian city, took advantage of the message to thank all the support he has received, both from Brazil and from around the world.

“I know exactly who is who. Count on me because the good ones are in the majority and I will not give up. I have a purpose in life and if I have to suffer more and more so that future generations do not go through similar situations, I am ready and prepared,” he concluded.

The administrators of Christ the Redeemer joined the messages of rejection of racism that multiplied this Monday in Brazil.

The Government itself, in a statement, repudiated “in the strongest terms” the racist insults that Vincius Jnior “he has been suffering repeatedly in Spain” and demanded that the government and soccer authorities of that country, as well as FIFA, adopt “effective” measures.

In a harsh official statement released by the chancellor, the Government of Luiz Incio Lula da Silva It “deeply regretted that, up to now, no effective measures have been taken to prevent and avoid the repetition of these acts of racism.”

The reaction of the Brazilian Government to what happened in Mestalla has been immediate and lasting, to the point that these facts were commented on by President Lula himself this Monday, in statements to journalists on the sidelines of the G7 Summit, in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

“It is not fair that a poor young man who succeeded in life and who is becoming one of the best soccer players” should suffer this type of attack, declared Lula, who pointed out that “we cannot allow fascism and racism to take over the stadiums.” football”.

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