Brazil carnival suspended after fatal shooting

2015-02-16 08:45
Revellers of the Mocidade Indepedente samba school perform during the first day of carnival parade at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Christophe Simon, AFP)

Revellers of the Mocidade Indepedente samba school perform during the first day of carnival parade at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Christophe Simon, AFP)

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Rio de Janeiro - Authorities have suspended Carnival festivities in the Brazilian city of Paraty after gunfire killed one person and injured nine others.

The mayor's office of the seaside colonial city says a man opened fire in a central plaza during the Bloco da Lama, or Mud Street Party, killing a 21-year-old man and injuring nine others. Police are searching for the shooter.

City officials met with Carnival representatives and decided to suspend festivities on Sunday. They did not say if they would be allowed to resume on Monday and Tuesday.

A statement from the municipality called the decision "an act against violence and to promote peace".

In Paraty's Carnival, revellers throw themselves into mud deposits, emerging totally covered in sludge. They dance on the beach amid cavemen chants of "uga, uga."

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