Published in Yesterday’s Morning Star
WE reproduce below an open letter signed by 100 prominent figures from across British society demanding justice for Marielle Franco, a prominent Brazilian progressive leader and rights advocate who was assassinated on March 14.
Across Brazil, and the world, people have been outraged at this tragedy and pledged their solidarity with those struggling for justice for Marielle.
In Britain we must do all we can to further raise awareness of this case and build the international pressure for justice and for an end to the deepening criminalisation of activists, government opponents and low-income people in Brazil.
“On March 14, one of Brazil’s most courageous social leaders was brutally assassinated on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
Marielle Franco, a city councilwoman and human rights defender, was shot four times in the head by unknown assailants in a passing vehicle shortly after leaving a gathering of young black activists. Her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, was also killed.
Long before being elected to Rio’s city council in 2016, Franco was widely known as a tireless and fearless advocate for the rights of Afro-Brazilians, LGBT people, women and low-income communities.
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