Brazil arrests first suspect after shocking gang-rape video
29 May 2016, 10:26
Rio de Janeiro - Brazilian police on Saturday said they had
arrested the first of more than 30 suspects wanted over the gang-rape of a
16-year-old girl whose attackers posted a graphic video online showing the
aftermath of their brutal attack.
The arrest came as some 70 military police fanned out across
a slum west of Rio de Janeiro in a huge operation to apprehend those suspected
of taking part in the assault that has shocked Brazil.
The detained suspect, who was not identified, was being
interrogated, said police, who vowed to bring the other alleged attackers to
Social media networks erupted with outrage over the footage
posted on Wednesday featuring the girl naked on a bed and the apparent
attackers bragging that she had been raped by more than 30 men.
They are suspected of assaulting her on May 21 in Rio de
Janeiro, a city stricken by violent crime and which will host the Olympic Games
"Those who committed this heinous crime will be found,
will be imprisoned and condemned," Justice Minister Alexandre de Morais
told a news conference in Rio Friday night.
Brazil's acting president Michel Temer said: "It is
absurd that in the 21st century we should have to live with barbaric crimes
such as this."
The video has horrified a country not unused to violent
The UN women's rights agency condemned the case along with
another recent alleged gang-rape of a 17-year-old girl in the northeastern
state of Piaui.
"Apart from the fact that these are young women, these
barbaric cases are similar in that the teenagers were lured by their attackers
in premeditated plots," UN Women in Brazil spokeswoman Nadine Gasman said
"They were violently attacked in a context of illegal
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Rio Friday
night waving signs saying "Machismo Kills." and "No means
In Sao Paulo, protesters erected a mural with messages
including "My body is not yours," and "I like to wear necklines,
that's not an invitation to rape me."