By Marcus Rocha*
Marielle Franco campaigning in 2016. / Mídia NINJA / Wikimedia
The murder in March of Marielle Franco – a popular 38-year-old black, gay city councilor in Rio de Janeiro – has stirred outrage across Brazil, but debate over how to increase security has been stifled by political agendas and fake news. Marielle and her driver were shot dead on March 14 in what press reports characterized as a professional hit job. Some commentators have speculated it may have been retaliation for her outspoken criticism of the police and military deployments in the cities and favelas. One of her final posts on Twitter called attention to police violence, citing the case of a young man gunned down by authorities while leaving church.
- Tens of thousands of mourners took to the streets in Rio and other cities to protest. MC Carol, a black funk singer from favelas near…
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