February 5, 2008 in Nation/World

Samba group wears gags in parade

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review
 

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – A Brazilian carnival group banned from parading with a dancing Hitler and mannequins representing Holocaust victims danced the samba through the streets Monday wearing white gowns and gags.

“You don’t build the future by burying the past,” read a banner on the float that the Viradouro group was forced to alter after a judge sided with a Jewish organization and ordered it not to use the float designed to remind people of past horrors.

Viradouro’s new float was designed as a statement in favor of freedom of expression.

Sergio Widder, Latin America representative for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said the Jewish human rights group never wanted to censor the parade but wanted to protest “the banalization and trivialization of the Holocaust.”

The frenzy of parading that started Sunday night and didn’t end until dawn Monday also included a nearly nude Brazilian woman who hopes to set a record for plastic surgeries.


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