Politicians are still afraid of Marielle Franco. In a country like Brazil, where the soft coup’s elite relies on mass apathy to take away workers’ rights, symbols can be dangerous. And the murdered PSOL city councillor has become one: there have been 3.6 million tweets in the first 42 hours after her execution by a death squad. So it’s not surprising that the far right is trying to smear her, killing her a second time.
The first one was a Rio de Janeiro judge (unbelievable but true), Marília Castro Neves, who said on Facebook that Marielle Franco “had ties with criminals” and had betrayed “promises she had made to her supporters” among the Comando Vermelho, Brazil’s oldest organized criminal group. The PSOL sued her for defamation, and the judge told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper she only wanted to protest “the politicization of her death” as a simple citizen.
It was enough for far-right group Movimento Brasil Livre to post “Judge exposes PSOL’s narrative and states Marielle had ties with criminals.” The post was shared 28,000 times and liked 38,000 times.