Chronicle of a death announced in Moscavide

Perhaps the greatest justice is in trying to understand why we pretend that a problem that is visible to everyone does not exist and we deny any attempt to reflect on it.

A man dressed in death judge decided to fire four shots at a defenseless man in Moscavide, due to reports in the Portuguese press. After this unfortunate event and heinous crime that victimized Bruno Candé Marques, we are perhaps obliged to draw a parallel with the famous story of Gabriel García Márquez, where two men went after one another to kill him and no one in the community would believe the outcome it would therefore be a death in broad daylight and in the middle of the city, carrying out revenge.

In the case of Bruno Candé, the man went after his victim and wherever he went he made it clear that he was going to proceed to a reckoning, making this man another one of his war trophies, because before, in Africa, he had already killed other subjects of the same condition. Not stopping by his racist and prejudiced words against Bruno Candé, he ended up actually carrying out his threats, generating a tragic death.

After Bruno Candé's death was known, many citizens cried out for justice, believing that justice would somehow restore the bright smile always present in the struggle to overcome the life traps of a young black man from the outskirts of Lisbon. In this way, Candé became the theater actor. The theater lost an actor who left the stage of life too soon through a tragic scene.

Soon there was an urgent cry for justice from the citizens interviewed against the tragic death of Bruno Candé, as if that justice ever had the ability to cover the tragedy that plagued us with a white blanket. There is no justice capable of protecting the pain of a family and the absence of each day that will know the most absence, when Candé does not come back through the door and floods the lives of her family with her smile.

This justice claimed by the citizens becomes insufficient because it does not return the father to the three children who have become orphans. Likewise, he does not return the husband to the wife, the uncle to the nephews, the brother to his brothers, the friend to his friends. This justice will not let us watch the play that was being prepared in his honor.

Justice turns out to be a response to a collective outcry to prevent a tragedy from being left without redress, being an exercise in protecting the community, increasing the degree of trust in the authorities. But, it is totally illusory to believe that it will serve, in some opportunity, to restore a loved one to their family members. Perhaps the greatest justice lies in trying to understand how a society is heading towards tragedy without realizing it or why we pretend that a problem that is in plain sight does not exist and we deny any attempt to reflect on it.

This narrative is similar to the chronicle of Gabriel García Márquez, where no one was able to prevent the death of Santiago Nasar after he was accused of dishonoring Ángela Vicario. His twin brothers, Pedro and Pablo Vicario, ended up stabbing Nasar to death. Although the entire community was aware of the brothers' vow of revenge, as a way of honoring the family's image, no one believed that the fatal incident would materialize.

The author writes according to the old spelling.


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