onlytheycreate (onlytheycreate) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Celebrities Sign Open Letter Demanding Justice for Murder of Brazilian Politician Marielle Franco

– Marielle Franco, 38-year old, openly gay Afro-brazillian Rio de Janero city council member of the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL), was killed last week in a drive by shooting, along with her driver Andrew Gomes. An outspoken politician and the only black female of Rio's city council, Marielle advocated for black rights, LGBT rights, women's rights, and often criticized police brutality and abuse, which many believed led to this political act of violence.
– Her death has set off mass mournings and protests in Brazil and a call for identifying her killers, which has reached around the globe. Celebrities including Ava Duvernay, Janelle Monae, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, Alfonso Cuaron and others have signed an open letter demanding justice. “We call for justice for Marielle Franco and the daughter and the partner she leaves behind, and for an end to the killings and criminalization of activists, government opponents and low-income people in Brazil,” the letter reads. You can sign your name too.
– More information on the killing: According to Globo TV, 9mm bullets were found with the bodies at the crime scene that belonged to batch UZZ-18, which was purchased by Military Police in 2006. They match bullet casings found at the scene of the Osasco Massacre, which killed 19 people in the São Paulo area in August 2015. Two cops and one municipal guard were convicted at the time.

– Marielle's sister Arielle Franco and Marielle's partner Monica Benicio recently asked the court to take down 40 videos on Youtube for misinformation and offenses to Marielle and her death, including linking her to criminal organizations. Put together, the 40 videos have gained more than 13 million views. Youtube has since determined it will take down 16 of those videos. In another incident, a website called Political Skepticism spreading rumors about Marielle got more than 360,000 shares on Facebook.
– Lots of misinformation about Marielle has been spread through news, headlines, and Facebook shares since her death. Judge Marilia Castro Neves of the Rio de Janero Court of Justice said on Facebook that councilwoman Marielle was [translated] "engaged with bad guys" in a response to another facebook post by attorney Paulo Nader, who said Franco was a "human rights fighter." Neves went on to say [translated], "The point is that Marielle was not just a 'fighter'; she was engaged with bandits! She was elected by the Red Command and failed to comply with commitments made with her supporters," she said, and also insinuated that the death of the councilwoman was a consequence of "collecting debts." "Anything else is mimimi of the left trying to add value to a corpse as common as any other." Alberto Fraga of the Democrat Party also shared misinformation on his Twitter page about Marielle being involved with criminal organizations before PSOL demanded he take it down.
Members of the UN have demanded a “thorough, transparent and independent” investigation of what happened. PSOL has called for an unbiased investigation versus an internal one within the Military Police itself, while politicians opposed to this are called part of the "bancada da bula",
or "bullet bench". More information below the cut.

25 year old law student Diego listed politicians who are on the "bullet bench", those are opposed to the PSOL wanting to investigate the militias, including mention of Darci Pompeo of the Democratic Labor Party:

Later on, Pompeo caught the attention of the thread and said Diego is pushing false information:

Then Intercept Brasil reporter Andrew Fishman dug into his actual record (30 tweet thread):

ONTD, how are you and your communities dealing with the atermath? Let me know if I missed anything.

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Tags: ava duvernay, black celebrities, death, feminism / social issues, janelle monáe, latino celebrities, politics, race / racism, violence / domestic abuse, world news
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