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The streets of Brazil demand to know who ordered Marielle and Anderson’s assassination

The demonstrations around the world in memory of the one-year anniversary of the assassination of the Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman, Marielle Franco from the PSOL (Socialism and Liberty Party), and her driver Anderson Gomes, made apparent the strength of the movement for justice and international solidarity to the comrades of Brazil. In the current context of the far-right government of Bolsonaro, remembering the assassination of Marielle and Anderson and demanding the clarification of this political crime is an essential task to guarantee the safety of all activists and militants who act in the innumerable political and social struggles throughout the country.

The Carnival parades began a journey that sensitized a large part of the Brazilian population, with samba schools and “street blocs” remembering Marielle and criticizing the president, who is ideologically linked to the authoritarianism of the security sectors, to the militias and to the extermination groups that persecute the Left activism, as well as directly operate the daily genocide of the black and poor population in the peripheries of Brazil. From north to south, the great popular festival was marked by the protests against Bolsonaro and by the questioning of the motivations of the crime against Marielle and Anderson.

The International Women’s Day demonstrations continued this confrontational movement, and tens of thousands of women took to the streets on March 8th again, denouncing the government’s attacks on women’s rights, again with Marielle as a symbol of resistance and struggle. The international calls of women against patriarchy and its oppression appeared in all states, achieving the first broad street movement against Bolsonaro and his obscurantist government.

The recent imprisonment of two former military policemen denounced as the executors of the crime made even more evident the political character of the assassination of the PSOL’s city councilwoman; and the demonstrations of March 14th took as their axis the demand of the total resolution of the case. All around the country, political and cultural demonstrations marked the sad anniversary of the assassination, demanding the truth about the crime and its principals, probably linked to the militias and to the high summits of the political Right in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

International solidarity was also enormous. In various countries, comrades gathered and remembered Marielle and her legacy, signaling to the Brazilian combatants that we are not alone and our struggle throughout the world is one. The tributes went from Chile to Palestine, from the U.S. to Europe, and all over the world the demonstrations in front of the Brazilian embassies amplified our struggle and our resistance.

The murder of Marielle and Anderson was a political crime. Marielle was killed for being a socialist activist defending her ideas, for being a parliamentarian from the PSOL who denounced violence against the working-class population, for being a black woman from the favela who faced the combat against powerful political and business interests of the mafias that control the state of Rio de Janeiro through corruption and violence.

Marielle’s action as aide to deputy Marcelo Freixo for more than ten years is an essential element for understanding the crime. Since before becoming a councilwoman, she was already a member of the PSOL’s fight against paramilitary officers taking place in Freixo’s office in the State Assembly. Such a trajectory, as well as the threats to the deputy himself and the discovery of a plan to assassinate him last December, reinforce that the character of the crime extrapolates individual boundaries. This is not about an impulse of rage on the part of competent professionals. Nor is it an individual silencing of Marielle. It was a political crime whose targets were those fighting the Rio militias.

These militias are the armed expressions of right-wing political groups strengthened by the discourse of the Bolsonaro family, which has already commemorated countless militia officers. These armed groups operate through dubious links with various levels of government. The professional manner of their execution demonstrates a great apparatus behind the assassins, and the mobilizations in Brazil will not end until the complete clarification of the principals of the crime and their real motivations.

We will remain in the streets for Marielle and Anderson, against this far-right government that stimulates and expands violence against the poor. We will remain in the streets demanding to know who ordered the assassination of Marielle and Anderson.

Secretariat of International Relations – PSOL / 17 March 2019


PHOTO GALLERY OF DEMONSTRATIONS ON MARCH 14 IN BRAZIL

The brutal murders of Carioca councilor Marielle Franco (PSOL) and her driver Anderson completed an exact year this Thursday (14/03). Acts and initiatives in his memory did not let the date fall into oblivion and the clamor for justice could be heard in different corners of the world. By joining those who ask “WHO ORDERED TO KILL THEM?”, Left on The Move  selected and gathered down some of the records of those events. Look at the gallery below!


INAUGURAL CLASSES OF REDE EMANCIPA (Social Movement of popular education)

On the last Saturday (16/03), dozens of Rede Emancipa courses had their inaugural classes in which Marielle was honored as well as requests for justice were manifested.

Rio de Janeiro

São Gonçalo-RJ

São Paulo-SP

Brasília-DF

Belém-PA

Natal-RN


GALLERY OF IMAGES OF MARCH 14 DEMONSTRATIONS IN BRAZIL

Rio de Janeiro

São Paulo

Porto Alegre

Belém

Brasília-DF

Belo Horizonte

(See more photos in the Medium organized by JUNTOS)


GALLERY OF IMAGES OF INTERNATIONAL DEMONSTRATIONS ON MARCH 14

USA

Boston

Washington DC

Oakland

Univ. Princeton

Australia

Canada

Mexico

Chile

Uruguay

Argentina

Palestine

United Kingdom

Spain

Madri

Catalonia

Italy

Portugal

Lisboa

Coimbra

Porto

Swiss

Netherlands

Germany

 

 

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