Police investigate whether fire at newspaper in Olímpia, São Paulo, was a criminal act

  • Source: Abraji
  • March 21, 2021

"At dawn on March 17, 2021, in Olímpia, a city in the north of São Paulo, there was a fire at the headquarters of newspaper Folha da Região. The police suspect that the act was a response to the positioning of the outlet in defense of scientific and legal measures to confront the pandemic.

The case is being investigated by the Police Station of the Tourist Resort of Olímpia, about 250 miles from the capital city of São Paulo. To news site UOL, police chief Marcelo Pupo de Paula said that security cameras at a store next to the newspaper caught the moment when a motorcyclist parked, threw the fuel and set fire to the house where the newspaper's owner, journalist José Antônio Arantes, also lives.


At around 4:30 am, Arantes, his wife and granddaughter woke up with barking from the family's dogs and realized that they were being choked by the smoke. Even after encountering very high flames, father and granddaughter were saved without injury. Arantes' wife had minor burns on one of her arms while trying to save objects from the home."


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