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Murdered councillor : paramilitaries terrorize Brazil's Favelas

For Monica Bonicio is the case, clear that It was a political murder that tore their companion of the life. 13 years of you and Marielle Franco were a Pair. Until that evening in March of last year. "She was executed, in a political crime, a murder that shocked the world," says Bonicio. "And there are no answers."

Franco was a shooting star of the Brazilian Left. Young, black, lesbian, and grew up in a Favela. As a councillor of the left party, PSOL, she was committed to the fight against violence and corruption in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Thus, the powerful militias brought apparently.

late in The evening of the 14th. March 2018 will shot you in your car. The perpetrators fired 13 shots, four of which are fatal. In addition to Franco your driver Anderson Gomes dies.

On Tuesday, officials from the Homicide arrests of two Suspects - both of them former military officers. Ronnie Lessa is said to have fired the fatal shots, Élcio Vieira de Queiroz have controlled the Tatfahrzeug. Spicy: Lessa lives in a building complex in Barra da Tijuca, the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has in the West of Rio, in an apartment.

police seized assault rifles and ammo

In the police operation, officers seized, among other things, 117 the dismantled assault rifles from the type M-16 with 500 rounds of ammunition and three silencers. It was the largest discovery of guns in the story in Rio, informed the police.

"This is of course an important step and gives us hope that the investigations are on the right path," said Franco girlfriend Bonicio of the TV channel Globo News. "More important than the arrest of these mercenaries answer to the question of who ordered the murder."

The militias are a typical Brazilian phenomenon: The crime syndicates are made up of active and former police officers, firefighters, municipal officials and are intended to control in Rio, according to the assessment of the investigators, approximately 25 percent of the city area. They are involved in drug trafficking and extortion, to decide who gets electricity, Gas and running water.

they act with real estate and concession by doing contract killings, and organize voters to vote for local politicians. Director José Padilha is told in the feature film "Tropa de Elite 2" of the criminal Goings-on of the militia and its close relations with the politics and the security apparatus.

Bolsonaro is as hard-liners

Brazil's new President Bolsonaro something like a hard dog. The police will take decisive action against the drug gangs like Comando Vermelho and Primeiro Comando da Capital in the Favelas. Against officials in the use of Criminals to kill, should not be determined, rather, you deserve a medal, he says. Compared to the militias, he holds back, however, amazing.

the investigation into the murder of Marielle Franco of the Name of Bolsonaros son Flavio shows up again and again. In his Deputy's office, the wife and the mother of Adriano Magalhães da nóbrega over were temporarily employed. The former captain of the special police unit Bope to be in the murder of Franco involved, and is currently on the run. "I'm the victim of a defamatory campaign aimed at the government of Jair Bolsonaro," wrote the Senator in a statement.

Bolsonaro junior had proposed nóbrega over once for a medal of merit. Even the eldest son of the President has some sympathy for the militias. "A militia is nothing more than a group of policemen, military and other, which is characterized by a certain degree of hierarchy and discipline, and strives to eradicate the worst from the womb of the society: the criminals," he once said in a speech.

Paramilitary militias have long been a Problem in the Favelas

the militias in the Favelas have long been becoming a Problem in itself. "Many of these groups were initially supported by the local residents, because they fought the drug gangs, but then they themselves were criminal and operated in the drug trade, protection money, extortion, and other fields of organized crime," - said in an analysis of the specialist portal Insight Crime.

Bonicio wants to keep the memory of their slain friend awake. Although this battle is not for you, harmless, bear open T-Shirts with political messages such as "Who killed Marielle?" or "Fights like Marielle Franco". On the forearm it has the likeness of Franco tattooing.

for security reasons, Bonicio now lives temporarily in the capital, Brasilia. In Rio it is still often. "Why should I be still scared?", she asks at a Meeting in Maré, a conglomerate of about a dozen Favelas. There are three major drug gangs and the militias are currently active.

Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world

"It's a fight for justice, not for revenge," says Bonicio. "I want - no matter who answers - Brazil and the world is explained, who gave the order and who killed Marielle and Anderson." Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world - about 60 000 people are killed there every year. Tourists feel the crime, especially when youth attack gangs in long human chains on the beaches such as the Copacabana in Rio and everything-mouth, what you get in the Finger.

In contrast to the drug - and prison gangs operate in the militia at the interface of state and the under world. "Links to the policy," says Sérgio Ramalho, investigative journalist for the platform The Intercept. Often, employees of city councils and members of militias are active. "A year, according to Marielle Franco's death, it is clear that this was a carefully planned murder, at some point, probably-state actors were involved," says the head of Amnesty International in Brazil, Jurema Werneck.

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Bonicio that also pulled men behind the murder of her friend to justice. "So far, no political figure was taken, which could be responsible for anything," she says. "Brazil is a complex country, with a political System that is riddled with corruption. We begin to discover the many doors there are in this murder.“ (Andreas Nöthen and Denis Düttmann, dpa)

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