A civic parade held in Piraí do Sul (PR) became the target of investigation by the MPPR (Public Ministry of Paraná) after portraying children as enslaved people.
Images from the parade, held yesterday to commemorate the bicentennial of independence, show a group of children carrying chains and aluminum foil balls behind a boat with the words “royal family”.
The videos were even published on the official profile of the prefecture, which this afternoon released a statement on what happened.
In the note, the municipality stated that the parade was intended to “rescue values such as civility and develop the feeling of belonging in the entire population of Pirai”.
The organ also said that during the parade, it presented a context of the pre-colonial period, thus approaching “historical moments of great importance”, such as the discovery of the country, slavery and the abolition of slavery.
“The municipality understands that at no time was the act characterized as an offense against blacks, nor was it intended for any disrespect to the dignity of the human person,” he said.
According to the MPPR, the procedure is confidential because it involves children, but clarifications were requested from the municipality.