The Cycle of Attention to Political Events: Racism and Police Violence in Portugal
Keywords:Racism, Police violence, Cycle of attention to problems
The author describes the Downs model (1972). Then he tests his propositions to explain the phenomenon of racism and police violence in the "Bairro da Jamaica"in the city of Setúbal; while drawing attention to the racist culture of the majority of the Portuguese population, which supports the abuse of force by the police. The event that took place on January 19 is the corollary of several events of the same type and can become a political fact of large and uncontrollable dimensions that threatens the stability of the Portuguese political system.
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