The assassination of city councilwoman Marielle Franco, an outspoken advocate for Brazil’s transgender people sparked both outrage and a historic surge of black political candidates known as the “Seeds of Marielle”.
Saturday Rio Judge Gustavo Gomes Kalil emplaced a gag order preventing news outlet from covering the murder trial of Marielle Franco. The judge did this after a military general demanded censorship condemning a high ranking politician who said Marielle Franco’ murder was a political assassination.
“It’s as if the gates of hell have been opened — as if hunting season had been declared!”
-the founder of São Paulo’s Gay Pride Parade about the election of the far right president Jair Bolsonaro.
One of the ‘Seeds of Marielle’, Érica Malunguinho made history becoming First Transgender Woman Elected to State Congress in São Paulo.
Érica Malunhuinho, a social advocate and artist, was one of more than 50 transgender candidates who ran for office in the last election, according to NBC
Of the 419 transgender murders worldwide mourned during the 2018 TDOR, nearly half (185) were transgender Brazilians. Please sign our petition demanding the Government of Brazil ends the slaughter of transgender people.
Honoring Marielle Franco.
Franco (38) was a Black, lesbian single mother who championed the causes of the poor, the LGBTQ+ community and women in Brazil reports okayafrica.com. She grew up in Rio’s Maré favela and dedicated her life to fighting for the marginalized communities ignored and brutalized by the Brazilian government. As a minority several times over in the Brazilian political sphere, Franco’s impact was evident, displayed by Franco being “the only black woman on Rio’s 51-member city council.
The bullets that ended Marielle’s life were the military’s and stored near the site of her execution.
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Marielle’s activism earned her many powerful enemies. She vehemently challenged the impunity surrounding extrajudicial killings of Black youth by security forces and, two days before her killing, had denounced the police’s role in the killing of a young Black man named Matheus Melo. She was a leading critic of the military intervention in Rio de Janeiro and was the head of a city commission tasked with monitoring the intervention.
The involvement of militiamen in the murder of Marielle Franco, in March this year, was confirmed by Rio’s Secretary of Security, General Richard Nunes, in an interview with GloboNews on Wednesday. He also said he hopes to solve the crime until the end of the federal intervention, in 40 days.