From Fleury to Frei Tito: SP changes street name from

On Wednesday (25), the São Paulo City Council approved Bill 243, of April 2013, which names Rua Doutor Sérgio Fleury as Rua Doutor Sérgio Fleury, in Vila Leopoldina, in the west of São Paulo. .

The proposal is co-authored by the then councilors Orlando Silva (PCdoB), Arselino Tatto (PT), Antonio Donato (PT), Alfredinho (PT), Jamil Murad (PCdoB), Juliana Cardoso (PT), Reis (PT) and Professor Toninho Vespoli (PSOL).

“Changing the name is an act of great representation as it aims to historically repair a tribute that I consider totally wrong to the delegate Dr. Sérgio Paranhos Fleury, a character who brings no pride to the city of São Paulo and who even contributed to the cruelties committed against Frei Tito”, affirmed councilor Arselino Tatto, through his press office.

“The approval of the project that honors him is a victory against the violation of human rights and in memory of all who lost their lives in the struggle against the dictatorial political regime.”

Dominican friar Tito de Alencar Lima, who will now be honored in Vila Leopoldina, was one of the forerunners of Liberation Theology in Brazil, where part of the Church, driven by the Second Vatican Council, aligned its struggle with social struggles for the life of the poorest population.

A militant in the student movement, Tito took part in several demonstrations against the 1964 dictatorship and, even after exile, dedicated his life to denouncing the cruelties that hovered in Brazil at that time.

Arrested by Fleury and tortured by the “team” of executioners guided by the chief, who was also an admirer of Ustra, Tito reportedly received electric shocks to his tongue. The torturers, out of debauchery, said that it was the “holy wafer”, they called it “communion”.

Friar Tito was found hanged on August 10, 1974, during his exile in France.

Sérgio Fernando Paranhos Fleury, better known as Fleury delegate, was one of the figures who best represented the violence promoted by the Brazilian military dictatorship. He served as a delegate to the Department of Political and Social Order (DOPS) from 1968 and is considered one of the most bloodthirsty repressors of the period.

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Fleury headed the death squads that operated on the outskirts of São Paulo between the 1960s and 1970s, a crime for which he was convicted along with two other police officers, but was acquitted soon after.

He is also appointed as one of those responsible for the Chacina da Lapa, in São Paulo, and the Chacina da Chácara São Bento, in Recife; as well as for the kidnapping, torture and murder of important figures who worked in the fight against the dictatorship, such as Carlos Lamarca.

Edition: Leandro Melito

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