Thursday 14th of March 2019, marked a year since Marielle Franco was assassinated. The execution of an elected politician and human rights activist in the city of Rio de Janeiro highlighted just how tightly interwoven crime and politics have become in one of Brazil’s main cities.
Brief Biography Of Marielle Franco
Marielle Franco was a Brazilian politician, feminist, and human rights activist. After earning a master’s degree in public administration from the Fluminense Federal University, she served as a city councilor of the Municipal Chamber of Rio de Janeiro for the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) from January 2017 until her death.
Franco was raised in Maré, a slum in northern Rio de Janeiro, where she also resided for most of her life, and started to work to contribute to the household income in 1990 when she was 11 years old.
In 2007, Franco worked for state representative Marcelo Freixo as a consultant, and she coordinated the state legislature’s Committee for the Defense of Human Rights and Citizenship. She also worked for civil society organizations, Brazil Foundation and the Maré Center for Solidarity Studies and Action
In 2016, Franco ran for a seat on the Rio de Janeiro city council in the municipal elections .As a black woman and single mother from the favelas, Franco positioned herself as a representative and defender of poor black women and people from the favelas. With over 46,500 votes, Franco was one of 51 people elected, receiving the fifth highest vote total out of more than 1,500 candidates.
Assassination of Marielle Franco
Marielle was executed by a group known as “The Crime Bureau” – a shadowy and elusive organisation which commits murder at the bidding of politicians, criminals, right-wing paramilitary “militias” – and whoever else has a few hundred thousand reais to pay for the murder of someone they don’t like.
During investigations into Marielle’s murder, there were strong signs that powerful forces were acting to prevent the solution of the case. Then the Federal Police probed the conduct of the Civil Police – an investigation of the investigation – and the case took a different direction. The arrest on Tuesday of the two men suspected of carrying out the murder, was part of that shift. Learn more
Marielle Franco stood up for black women, LGBTI people and young people in Rio de Janeiro. On 14 March 2018, she was shot and killed. Marielle inspired many people. She refused to stay silent about police killings and continued to speak out against injustice right up until hours before her brutal killing in March. A car pulled up beside hers, and Marielle was shot four times in the head.