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Marielle Franco: one year of impunity
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For one year, Brazilians and the international community have called for the punishment of those responsible for the assassination of Rio’s City Councilor Marielle Franco. But investigations stalled, with the cops missing out elementary steps of their job, such as talking to key witnesses.
That could have something to do with the fact that state agents are believed to be involved in the assassination. After all, the gun and ammunition used to kill her match items that were stolen from the police. And Rio’s law enforcement has a deep connection to urban militias, as we explored in our podcast number 46.
For one year, it seemed that the Marielle Franco case would never move forward. That is, until this week—when the first suspects were arrested by the police.
My name is Gustavo Ribeiro, editor in chief of The Brazilian Report. This is Explaining Brazil.
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Gustavo Ribeiro has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de São Paulo, Médiapart and Radio France Internationale. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Abril Prize for outstanding political journalism. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Latin American studies from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris.
Margaret Huang is the Executive Director at Amnesty International USA. Ms. Huang previously served as Chief of Staff and as Deputy Executive Director for Campaigns and Programs at Amnesty International USA. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Rights Working Group, a coalition of civil liberties and human rights groups formed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks
Maria Martha Bruno is a journalist with 14 years of experience in politics, arts, and breaking news. She has collaborated with Al Jazeera and CNN, among others, worked as a producer in Rio de Janeiro for NBC, and as an international correspondent in Buenos Aires.
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