Sao Paulo, Brazil – “Woman, black, mother, lesbian, from the favelas, open about sexuality and Rio’s problems, and on top of all this, a human rights activist.”
That’s how Marielle Franco as soon as described herself in an tournament in Rio de Janeiro, the town the place she was once elected a councilwoman. And that is additionally why she was once killed.
The black activist and Rio de Janeiro councilwoman was once killed on March 14, 2018, in a drive-by capturing. It took police 363 days to arrest two former policemen allegedly concerned about her homicide, which government say was once politically motivated.
A yr later, hundreds amassed around the nation on Thursday to call for justice and solutions for the true query: “Who ordered Marielle’s killing?”
“We are all outraged, we are sad,” Monica Benicio, Marielle’s spouse, instructed Al Jazeera. “But there’s also a feeling of courage, of hope. Because Marielle’s figure has become a symbol of resistance and the feeling of solidarity is also a big driver for the events today,” she mentioned.
Regarding Franco’s case, Monica mentioned, the “real answer” is but to be identified.
“Who pulls the cause is not the one one killing,” she mentioned.
Franco was once an outspoken defender of girls, black and LGBT rights and ceaselessly criticised police brutality.
‘How many must die?’
In Sao Paulo, loads amassed on the town centre to bear in mind her. Her face plastered throughout a large number of banners and flags and her identify echoed by means of the voices of the ones not easy justice. A bunch of black ladies on best of a speaker bus, chanted, “Marielle asked and I’ll ask again, how many people have to die for things to change?”
A couple of mins later they recited the names of a number of slain activists and feminine figures in Brazilian politics. After each and every identify, the group answered, “present!”
“We are not going to let her name be forgotten,” mentioned Ediane Nascimento, one of the vital protesters.
“They tried to silence us but only woke us up, now we are millions shouting ‘Marielle lives’,” she instructed Al Jazeera.
Nascimento, who wore a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt, is black, lesbian and is derived from the suburbs, “like Marielle”.
“That’s why she’s so important to me, she represents me,” she mentioned.
A couple of metres away, a 17-year-old holds a card she wrote studying, “we have to keep fighting”.
Mayara Valeria was once together with her circle of relatives and joined the group making a song, “Marielle lives and we’ll always live, black women will never stop fighting.”
“We still have a lot way to go, we still have a lot of people dying, or trying to speak who can’t,” she mentioned.
Guilherme Boulos, chief of PSOL, Franco’s political birthday celebration, mentioned her dying impressed many black ladies to run within the 2018 elections. Last yr noticed a document selection of seats taken by means of black ladies.
“When [Marielle Franco] was once killed, she planted those seeds,” Boulos instructed Al Jazeera from the protest in Sao Paulo.
“They killed the person but the ideals, the values Marielle represented, they cannot kill those,” he mentioned. “Marielle’s strength and memory remain alive.”
As evening fell and thunder and rain got here down, the protesters stood their floor, their fists within the air, making a song songs by means of most commonly black Brazilian artists.
A lady with tears operating down her face learn certainly one of Franco’s maximum well known quotes.
“I want people to think where my people will be in 20 years… And they need to be alive.”
|Marielle Franco was once an outspoken defender of girls, black and LGBT rights and ceaselessly criticised police brutality [Mia Alberti/Al Jazeera]|