Police Repression and Political Murders in Brazil

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Police in Brazil have a long history of repression and racist murders, particularly in the flavelas.

Three days ago Marielle Franco, a city councillor in Rio de Janiero for the Socialism and Liberty Party was murdered along with the driver of her car, Anderson Pedro Gomes.

Marielle Franco was a well born and lived her entire life in the favelas of Rio, she was widely known as an activist for working class people, for women's rights and the rights of the LGBT community. She openly campaigned for abortion rights for women in a country where 500,000 illgeal abortions and over 3,000 women die each year as a result of the ban on abortions. Marielle was regularly condemned by the religious right and the establishment for her forthright stand.

Marielle Franco regularly confronted the police over the repression in the favelas, particularly against the youth who live in the slums, and for racist murders carried out by the police against black youths in the slums. In Brazil a young black person is murdered every 21 minutes.

At the beginning of February, the Temer government decreed a Federal intervention in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Temer put an army general in charge of security and promoted military intervention into the favelas and communities. This has led to the same repressive and abusive practices which Brazilian troops carried out in Haiti during a United Nations mission. Marielle Franco was a central leader of opposition to this intervention. 2 weeks ago, she was appointed head of the commission set up by the council to supervise the intervention.

Three days before her murder, Marielle denounced the arbitrary and abusive actions of military police in the Acari favela where residents were assassinated and killed by the 41st battalion of the military police, known as the “battalion of death”. Two days before Marielle’s murder, a leader of the Amazon people, Paulo Sérgio Almeida Nascimento, was killed by 4 bullets in Barcarena (Para state). Paolo was leading a struggle against the Norwegian mining company, Hydro, which is having a dramatic impact on the environment and lives of the local population.

On the 14 March Marielle Franco was being driven home along with her assistant, from a women's empowerment event in a car with blacked-out windows. While stopped at traffic lights in downtown Rio and car pulled up beside and a gunman opened fire targeting Marielle.

The brutal assassination of Marielle Franco brought thousands of people onto the streets of cities throughout the country only days after massive International Women's Day protests that swept right across Brazil. The assassination has been condemned by international human rights organisations.



Part of the massive protest in Rio against the brutal killing of Marielle Franco



Crowds in Favela of Mare in Rio for Marielle Franco's funeral

 


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Marielle Franco, a city councillor in Rio de Janiero for the Socialism and Liberty Party was murdered along with the driver of her car, Anderson Pedro Gomes.
Is this Socialism and Liberal Party a part of your SP-CWI network?
 

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Is this Socialism and Liberal Party a part of your SP-CWI network?
No - Liberdade, Socialismo e Revolução (LSR) is the Brazilian party of the Committee for a Workers International. The LSR is affiliated to PSOL. Members of the LSR worked with Marielle Franco in Favela Mare and were involved in organising the protests after her assassination.
 

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I read briefly about this story on Friday and read on FB that LASC was organising or promoting a demo at the Spire at around lunchtime on the same day. I was also in town that morning for a radio interview and had my Zoom with me and seriously considered going to the demo, but I had never (to the best of my knowledge) heard of Marielle Franco before then and knew almost nothing about the story and didn't have the time to research it more that morning and thought that if I covered it it would be a bit superficial on my part so I left it.
 

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The unelected president of Brazil and the parliament have pushed a fairly Hard Right agenda since coming to power. They are also clamping down on abortion rights. The influence of Evangelical Protestantism is growing in Brazilian politics.
 

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Neither does the OP, as his level of interest in his own thread shows.

It's a petulant piece of whataboutery he hopes will deflect from the thread about Putin.
As his moniker suggests, "Making Wind" appears to spend his leisure time - when not arranging or participating in protest rallies and associated Club Retard recreational pastimes - searching the world's media for examples of unfortunate people being oppressed by governments.

Of course neither he or we can do very much about them, but he feels good inside every time he identifies yet another example of how unfair the world is. Plus he probably earns brownie points from his local Solidarity Collective for every new one that he identifies.

I wonder why he doesn't start with something local, like the terrible living conditions that oppressed Travellers in his beloved Limerick City must endure. Not to mention their poor horses!

Might it be because it's far easier to grandstand about faraway atrocities and injustices on the pages of politics.ie than to do something practical about a local problem?
 

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Neither does the OP, as his level of interest in his own thread shows.

It's a petulant piece of whataboutery he hopes will deflect from the thread about Putin.
This is a transparent and embarrassing effort to deflect from the thread about your hero Putins latest pre election murder & attempted murder campaign - I'm almost cringing for you reading that OP.
Excuse my language - but where the f*ck do you get this claptrap from?

Find one single post that I have made that has been anything other than critical of Putin
 

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I wonder why he doesn't start with something local, like the terrible living conditions that oppressed Travellers in his beloved Limerick City must endure. Not to mention their poor horses!
I don't live in Limerick
 

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This is a transparent and embarrassing effort to deflect from the thread about your hero Putins latest pre election murder & attempted murder campaign - I'm almost cringing for you reading that OP.
Or. It's an interesting political discussion that you are trying to squash over some tedious personal row.
 

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Ireland has an extradition agreement with Brazil, signed under the nose of Amnesty International Ireland, when Amnesty was focussed on doing the bidding of a foreign billionaire.
 

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Excuse my language - but where the f*ck do you get this claptrap from?

Find one single post that I have made that has been anything other than critical of Putin
Apologies, you're absolutely right. I have very stupidly mistaken you for another poster and will withdraw those posts immediately.
 

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Apparently the Pope intends to call the mother of Marielle Franco - how good of him - I wonder if he intends to discuss the fact that she was a lesbian and an activist for LGBT rights.

Since her murder the right-wing Brazilian media have been engaged in a campaign to erase her relationship with her lesbian partner - you will find no mention of Monica Teresa Benicio in the mainstream Brazilian media.

 

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Apparently the Pope intends to call the mother of Marielle Franco - how good of him - I wonder if he intends to discuss the fact that she was a lesbian and an activist for LGBT rights.

Since her murder the right-wing Brazilian media have been engaged in a campaign to erase her relationship with her lesbian partner - you will find no mention of Monica Teresa Benicio in the mainstream Brazilian media.

Jeez I love Brazilian women, anyway South America is very conservative , I was talking to one a few nights ago and she said she was shocked when her French class mate mentioned abortion in a conversation. I know a South American who is gay and in his 30s but hasn’t told his dead and doesn’t ever talk about it.
 

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Every year 500,000 women in Brazil have a back-street abortion - over 200,000 of these women end up in hospital with medical complications as a result of the back-street abortion - and more than 3,000 Brazilian women die every year in this country that is attempting to introduce a complete constitutional ban on abortions under any circumstances.
 


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