Death of Marielle Franco Shines Light on the White Collar Criminals Running Brazil

White-collar criminals in Brasília are ruling the country. Drug lords, paramilitaries, death squads, military police, and now also the army are terrorizing the population in the slums and the suburbs.

Marielle was a child of the slums of Rio de Janeiro. She was black, beautiful, young and charismatic. She studied sociology and had an MA in public administration. She was a feminist, LGBT+, Black and human rights activist. Elected on a progressive agenda, she was an active councilwoman of the city of Rio de Janeiro since 2016. She was assassinated

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Suspicious Murder of Anti-Police Brutality Activist Sparks Large Protests In Brazil

Bearing all the hallmarks of an execution, the attack has sent shockwaves through Brazil including social media.

Marielle Franco speaking at a campaign rally in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. Photo: Mídia Ninja/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Less than two hours before she was murdered on the evening of March 14, Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco was speaking at a roundtable of black women activists about “young black women moving the structures”. As Franco was leaving the site, a car pulled up to the side of her own vehicle and fired nine shots into it. Franco and her

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The Murder of Black-Activist Marielle Franco Marks Brazil’s Return to a Dictatorial Past

The tragic death of Marielle Franco, a black activist against violence in Rio, and a city councilor, fuels fears that the current militarization of security in Brazil is the prelude to a return to its dictatorial past.

A woman stands near a banner featuring councilwoman Marielle Franco at the entrance of City Hall where thousands have gathered to pay their respects to the slain 38-year-old and her driver Anderson Pedro Gomes who were both gunned down the night before by two unidentified attackers, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, March 15, 2018. (AP/Leo Correa)

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece for DemocraciaAbierta, following this year’s political carnival in Rio where I reflected on resistance against –and repression from—the Brazilian government, and on how challenging the times that lay ahead were. Unfortunately, shortly afterwards, I am here writing again in the wake of this tragedy that

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