MARIELLE FRANCO

I always felt like Marielle Franco was one of us. I mean, she thought the same way I do, we share the same ideas and beliefs. She represented me and other 46,5 thousands voters.

She was fifth best voted city councillor in Rio, on Brazil’s last election in 2016.

When they shot Marielle, they shot the black women, the mothers, the daughters, the LGBT community, the voters and also my vote. They shot democracy.

Marielle and her driver, Anderson Gomes, 39, were shot dead in a targeted assassination on March 14th, in central Rio. She was 38 years old. She left behind a daughter, a sister, uncles, aunts and her father and mother.

I met her family five days after the crime. It was intense and unforgettable. I was prepared for a sad meeting, but what I found was a extraordinary strong family. Dona Marinete, her mother, was so happy to tell Marielle’s trajetory and show her photos.

Of course it is a terrible situation, but surprisingly the vibe was good. We spent some hours reminding Marielle and I could understand why and how she became a global icon.

Marielle was strong, was powerful, was beautiful. She proved that the favela could be in the politics. And she rattled a lot of white guys, that’s why she is dead. 

Brazil is a third World country. It is very difficult and dangerous to work with human rights here.

Society wants justice. The streets in the entire country were crowded with demonstrations asking the question: who killed Marielle Franco?

22 March 2018
 

Register of my first seven days after Marielle's death: