Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Naomi Campbell, others demand Investigation into Killing of Brazilian Activist Marielle Franco

Activist Marielle Franco, who fought for the rights of Afro-Brazilians, LGBT people, and women, was 2 weeks ago shot 4 times in the head.

Marielle Franco, a 38-year-old gay black woman, had before her death, been a tireless activist against police violence, and had regularly spoken up for the poor.

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She had been on her way back from a gathering of young black activists when the 9 bullets were fired into the car. She was killed alongside her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes.

39 prominent people, made up of activists, journalists, writers, actors, including Nigerians Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ayo Obe, have called for an independent investigation into her killing.

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Shortly before her death, Marielle asks: “How many others will have to die before this war will end?

We call for justice for Marielle Franco and the daughter and the partner she leaves behind, and for an end to the killings and criminalisation of activists, government opponents and low-income people in Brazil.

Ava DuVernay Film-maker
Rev Jesse Jackson Civil rights activist 
Anielle Silva Sister of Marielle Franco
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Author
Arundhati Roy Author
Angela Davis Distinguished professor emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz
Janelle Monáe Singer and actress 
Edward Snowden Whistleblower and president of the Freedom of Press Foundation 
Shami Chakrabarti UK shadow attorney general
Naomi Campbell Model and activist
Ta-Nehisi Coates Author and journalist
Noam Chomsky Professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT, political theorist
Patrisse Cullors Co-founder of Black Lives Matter, LGBT activist
David Miranda First LGBT Rio city councillor, PSOL
Glenn Greenwald Journalist
Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres Daughter of the late Berta Cáceres, general coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH)
Wagner Moura Brazilian actor and director
Luciana Genro Founder of PSOL, former presidential candidate, Brazil
Marcelo Freixo Rio state representative, PSOL, Defence of Human Rights & Citizenship chair
Linda Sarsour National co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York
Ayo Obe President of Nigeria’s Civil Liberties Organisation
Baltasar Garzón International human rights lawyer
Thandie Newton Actress and activist 
Celso Amorim Former Brazilian foreign minister
Danny Glover Actor, film director, and activist 
Naomi Klein Author and journalist
Gael García Bernal Actor and director 
Shaun King Journalist and civil rights activist 
Pamela Anderson Actress and activist 
Alfonso Cuarón Film-maker
Opal Tometi Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter, executive director at Black Alliance for Just Immigration 
Oliver Stone Film-maker
Yanis Varoufakis Former Greek finance minister
Viggo Mortensen Actor
Renata Avila Guatemalan human rights lawyer 
Owen Jones Journalist
Slavoj Žižek Philosopher, Birkbeck Institute for Humanities 
Chris Williamson Labour MP

 

Source: Guardian.

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