At 38, sociologist Marielle Franco was an active voice in the defense of Human Rights and the struggle for dignity and respect of minorities. When she was killed, she was fully exercising her first term as Councilor, having been elected with 46 thousand votes. Black, poor, raised in the Maré Favela, one of the most violent slums in Rio, Marielle was a voice who spoke without fear and which, increasingly, was listened to and respected. And she was not afraid to denounce police brutality, to bring them to justice. During her last days alive, she specifically examined the extermination of poor and black youth in Rio’s neighborhoods. “How many more will need to die for this war to end?”, she asked, on social media, days before becoming another victim herself. In whose interest was it to silence this voice? Who else did the shots want to intimidate?
C& América Latina heard what Brazilian artists had to say about what Marielle’s death represents for Afro-Brazilians in terms of curtailment of freedom on the public life of the country.