In his preparations to leave the Alvorada Palace, the residence of the presidents of Brazil, the former President Dilma Rousseff – who had his mandate repealed by impeachment – killed her dog Nego, causing controversy and repudiate demonstrations in the population of the country. The dog’s name, a black Labrador, means negro and refer to black Africans and their descendants of this race.
The dog formerly belonged to the former deputy and chief of staff, José Dirceu, who like Rousseff, is white, Communist and Workers’ Party (PT) member and is serving a sentence for involvement in a famous case of corruption. Nego appeared on the electoral propaganda of the former president.
The news published by a journalist was gaining increasing impact. Although other informatives had affirmed that the dog had been left with an aide in Brasilia for health reasons that would prevent him to travel to the city of Porto Alegre, in the South of Brazil, where the former president intends to reside, a number of people on social networks called for evidence that the animal was still alive. Doubt was buried by a note from the press office of Dilma Rousseff, published on 12 September, in which it is stated that that she killed the dog for veterinary recommendation.
There were no protests or repudiation manifestations by animal defender organizations nor negro movements, customarily allied with leftist parties. The PT defends the imposition of ‘negro’ identity on Mestizos.