(BBC) – Portugal is often praised for its success in integrating immigrants but in the suburbs of Lisbon police are being accused of racism and brutality.

Jailza Sousa’s young son is afraid when she hangs out the washing on their first-floor balcony.

“He’s traumatised,” says the 29-year-old from Cape Verde. “He says, ‘Don’t go there because you’re going to get shot.’”

Looking down the narrow, potholed streets, she remembers what happened one day in February, earlier this year.

It was noon in Cova da Moura – a ramshackle suburb on a hill on the outskirts of Lisbon built by immigrants from Portugal’s former African colonies.


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