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Mãe Gilda/ Ilê Axé Abassá de Ogum

In 1992, Veja magazine published an image of Mãe Gilda dressed in her priestess clothes, with an offering for the orixás at her feet. In October 1999, the Universal Church took this image and published it in their Folha Universal magazine in a story about how "charlatan macumbeiros" had created a "deception market" in Brazil and were hurting the lives of their clients. The magazine had a circulation of 1,372,000 people. Some of Mãe Gilda's followers read this and thought she had abandoned her faith and was supporting the message of the Universal Church. Mãe Gilda's health deteriorated and on January 21, 2000, she died. Brazil's National Day to Combat Religious Intolerance is now celebrated on January 21 in memory of Mãe Gilda.

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Ten terreiros

The head of the Morro do Dendê traffickers, Fernandinho Guarabu, visited the Mount Sinai Assembly of God ministry in 2006 and became an Evangelical Christian. At that time, he "invited" all non-evangelicals to leave the area that he controlled. The Morro do Dendê traffickers closed down the 10 terreiros that operated in that community and wrote bible verses on the walls of the community. 

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Centro Espírita Cruz de Oxalá

Four members of an evangelical church, Nova Geração de Jesus Cristo, invaded an Umbanda center and destroyed religious objects. At the time of the attack, there were about 50 people outside waiting for the 7pm service to begin. The church members arrived asking where was the devil and calling the people in line "devil worshippers." They forced their way inside the terreiro and broke about 30 religious images, shelves, and a fan.

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Kwe Cejá Gbé

The owner was having an event commemorating the National Week of Black Consciousness. After the event, she was sitting on her veranda with another devotee of Afro-Brazilian religion, just a few meters from the terreiro. Someone threw a rock at them that the owner reports was large enough to kill a person. This terreiro would be attacked multiple times over the following years including being burned in 2014.

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Centro Espírita de Umbanda Caminhos de Oxum #1

In Nov 2009, the owner of this center reported (following a second attack) that three members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God had broken the offerings that he had left on the corner and then fled into the church for refuge. The owner spoke to the bishop, who asked him not to call the police and promised that it would never happen again.

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Terreiro of Pai Valdir

An evangelical church located near this terreiro held a worship service on the street in front of the terreiro while the terreiro was having a celebration for Ogum. When people pulled up for the celebration, the church members tried to convince them not to go. The church members also threw stones at the terreiro.

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Centro Espírita de Umbanda Caminhos de Oxum #2

At dawn on Tuesday, Nov 24, someone invaded and depradated this Umbanda center by leaning some wood planks against the wall and jumping over. They were only able to gain access to one room of the building. In this room, an altar, ritual cups and dishes, as well as eight sacred images were broken. The owner suspected members of the Universal Church because people from their church had attacked them the month before.

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Universal Church of the Kingdom of God

In 2009, the University Church of the Kingdom of God posted videos on Youtube that encouraged church members to actively try to shut down Afro-Brazilian places of worship and that accused these religions of being affiliated with witchcraft and of engaging in criminal activity.

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Monument to Iemanjá

This monument to Iemanjá has been repeatedly vandalized over the years. However, in Feb 2009, it became particularly bad. Community members arrived on Feb 2 to have their annual celebration to Iemanjá but they found the place dirty, with the door broken and part of the monument broken.

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Ten terreiros in Sobradinho and Planaltina

The Federal District's Fiscal Inspection Agency (Agência de Fiscalização do Distrito Federal),(Agefis), closed ten terreiros in Sobradinho and Planaltina, claiming that they needed a license for their economic activities. Activists argue that this is discrimination because their primary purpose is a religious space, not to sell things. Additionally, other religious communities engaged in similar "economic" activities and were not closed.

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Ilé Asé Odé Einlé

Ricardo César reported that he opened this terreiro in 2010. In 2015, a Brazilian newspaper quoted his description of violence against his terreiro, saying "They broke my doors, broke everything down to the water pipes." However, it is unclear when these things occured.

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Praça dos Orixás

There were 16 statutes of the orixás put on display at Lake Paranoá. In 2002, a statue of Nana was stolen from the display and thrown in a dump.

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