Brazilian activist and politician Marielle Franco was assassinated five years ago by killers connected to the country’s military and police. Those likely behind her death were part of a reactionary mafia with close ties to the right-wing establishment.
Stephanie Virginia Reist is a lecturer in civic, liberal, and global education at Stanford University.
Bolsonaro’s Brazil is ruled by a politics of death: who deserves it, who is spared, and who gets to dispense it. Meet the most skilled practitioner of this politics: Rio governor Wilson Witzel.
The investigation into the murder of Marielle Franco keeps bumping up against the most powerful people in Brazil — like President Jair Bolsonaro. They don’t want us to find out the truth.
Brazil’s fascist president loves to say that “a good thug is a dead thug.” But the saying didn’t start with him — it has deep roots in Brazil’s violent, racist political economy.