Brazilian Sports Celebrities Launch Anti-Racism and Pro-Democracy Manifesto

Players, managers, coaches, former athletes and journalists sign a letter criticizing the trivialization of black lives and dictatorial threats in Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Comprising influential names from various sports disciplines, the group “Esporte pela Democracia” (Sport for Democracy) on Tuesday launched a manifesto in defense of human rights, press freedom, diversity, and democratic values.

Among the personalities signing the document are ex-swimmer Joanna Maranhão and ex-soccer player and commentator Walter Casagrande, Gustavo Kuerten (tennis), Luciano Corrêa (judo), Ana Moser, Fabi, Fê Garay, Isabel, Pedro Solberg and Serginho (volleyball), Alex Pussieldi and Arilson Silva (swimming), Grafite, Igor Julião, Juninho Pernambucano, Raí and Reinaldo Lima (soccer), former referees Carlos Simon and Salvio Spinola and journalists Jos . . .

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