University of Porto will fire professor after xenophobic comments against Brazilians

University of Porto concludes course of of dismissal of professor accused of making xenophobic statements against Brazilian college students

Giuliana Miranda
Lisbon, Portugal

The University of Porto is about to finish the method of dismissing a professor accused of making discriminatory comments, together with xenophobic statements against Brazilian college students.

Among the phrases uttered had been comments resembling “Brazilian girls are a commodity” and “Do you understand what a shotgun is? It’s that weapon males use to kill girls.”

Students accused Pedro Cosme da Costa Vieira, from the Faculty of Economics, of inciting hatred and violence, particularly against girls, gypsies and immigrants. The course of of “disciplinary dismissal” is just ready for publication within the Diário da República to be accomplished.

The sanction was accepted by the college’s Senate in January. According to a preliminary order signed by the rector, António Manuel de Sousa Pereira, the punishment takes place in consequence of “described and confirmed habits” on the half of the instructor. After being the topic of a grievance signed by 129 college students from the Faculty of Communication, during which he taught an introductory course on economics, the professor had already been suspended from his actions for a interval of 90 days in 2021.

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In the doc, college students describe Vieira’s courses as a “poisonous and discriminatory surroundings”, with “a number of assaults on citizenship, which mustn’t go unpunished”. Sought, the University of Porto knowledgeable that it will not formally pronounce itself earlier than the publication of the ultimate order on the case.

Also on the establishment, a professor on the Faculty of Law faces a disciplinary investigation course of. The docent refused handy over an examination to a pupil he thought-about to be inappropriately dressed. The case generated big repercussions on social networks, platforms on which college students more and more denounce behaviors thought-about inappropriate.


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Recently, complaints of harassment and discrimination within the college surroundings have been extensively mentioned in Portugal. In the final week, it was realized that, in simply 11 days of operation, a channel the place college students can report circumstances of harassment and misconduct on the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon acquired greater than 50 complaints.

The experiences referred to 31 professors: nearly 10% of the establishment’s professors and assistants. More than half of the experiences discuss with seven professors, one of which has 9 complaints. Among the validated complaints, which may be in a couple of class, there are 29 of ethical harassment, 22 of sexual harassment, 8 of sexist practices, 5 of xenophobia and racism (together with Brazilian victims) and 1 of homophobia.

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The info was revealed by the newspaper Diário de Notícias, which had entry to the report produced from the complaints. The doc describes that there are “critical and repeated issues of sexual and ethical harassment perpetrated by lecturers”. The establishment is one of probably the most conventional within the nation, and the case has had monumental repercussions. The course of the faculty knowledgeable that it will ahead the report back to the Public Ministry.

Last Thursday (7), pupil associations, together with the Movement Against Sexual Harassment within the Academic Environment, held an indication in entrance of the rectory of the University of Lisbon. About 200 college students attended the act, which referred to as for a safer college surroundings and an finish to the notion of impunity that surrounds the abuses practiced by lecturers.


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The college actuality, which is already troublesome for Portuguese college students, turns into much more complicated for foreigners. For greater than a decade, Brazilian college students type the most important neighborhood of foreigners in larger schooling in Portugal, during which 51 establishments settle for the Enem as a type of admission.

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Although there’s an intensive job of attracting Brazilian college students, who pay as much as ten occasions the month-to-month price of a Portuguese pupil in some programs, many complain of discrimination. In 2019, the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon had as soon as once more been on the middle of an argument with Brazilians. A satirical collective put in, on the entrance of the establishment, a field with stones subsequent to the signal “Free to shoot a zuca [jeito pejorativo para designar brasileiro]”.

The case led to protests from Brazilian college students, who report comparable conditions in a number of establishments. Among the primary issues identified by younger folks is discrimination against Brazilian Portuguese and the Brazilian accent. With the rise in Brazilian immigration to Portugal, which grew for the fifth consecutive yr and reached a file 209,072 folks in 2021, experiences of discrimination have additionally grown within the faculty surroundings. In November 2020, a number of colleges and universities in larger Lisbon appeared vandalized with racist and anti-Brazilian messages.


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