Brazil carnival suspended after fatal shooting
16 February 2015, 12:42
Rio de Janeiro - Authorities have suspended
Carnival festivities in the Brazilian city of Paraty after gunfire killed one
person and injured nine others.
The mayor's office of the seaside colonial
city says a man opened fire in a central plaza during the Bloco da Lama, or Mud
Street Party, killing a 21-year-old man and injuring nine others. Police are
searching for the shooter.
City officials met with Carnival
representatives and decided to suspend festivities on Sunday. They did not say
if they would be allowed to resume on Monday and Tuesday.
A statement from the municipality called
the decision "an act against violence and to promote peace".
In Paraty's Carnival, revellers throw
themselves into mud deposits, emerging totally covered in sludge. They dance on
the beach amid cavemen chants of "uga, uga."