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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - When asked how religious intolerance against African religions had increased, the composer/singer told Valor Economico that the country had retreated to the past century.

"I see it with deep sadness. I speak often with friends in Portela. Today in order to make an offering on the street one must set up a whole scheme, to take care of it, to protect it. We went back to the beginning of the last century when the police suppressed any demonstrations that referred to African religion".

But the artist went further. He criticized the coup-plotting right-wing . . .

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