Cameroon/March 14, 2019/ Frank Ikpefan, Abuja /No Comment/134 views /Cameroon Brazilians mark Marielle Franco murder a year on – Journal du Camerounshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel Published on 14.03.2019 at 21h54 by AFP Brazilians marked the first anniversary of the murder of Rio councillor Marielle Franco on Thursday with flowers, candles and protest banners, just days after the arrest of two police officers suspected of killing her. Dozens of people gathered at dawn at the crossroads where she was killed in the center of Rio. Many sang songs and hung up posters demanding answers about her murder. “Marielle’s murder for us, black women of this country, represents a profound process of resuming our path, of rescuing our identity and of resisting, because we know that the policies of femicide, of genocide of black youth, is a common practice,” said actress Silvia de Mendonca who took part in the event. ALSO READ Defying Trump, Senate votes to end US support for Yemen war - Journal du CamerounFranco, 38, grew up in a slum and went on to become a charismatic defender of the poor and the LGBT community, and an outspoken critic of police brutality. She was slain in a drive-by shooting along with her driver, Anderson Gomes, in downtown Rio de Janeiro on the evening of March 14, 2018. ALSO READ Nicaragua releases more prisoners after opposition demand - Journal du CamerounThe steps outside Rio’s municipal building where she worked were adorned with sunflowers in Franco’s honor, and several women dressed in white and walking on stilts carried a banner with the legend “Marielle Giant”. A memorial mass was celebrated in Rio’s landmark Candelaria church attended by her parents, family and friends. In the capital Brasilia, a group of women symbolically renamed one of the city’s bridges the “Marielle Franco Bridge” instead of the Artur Costa e Silva bridge, named after a dictatorship-era president. ALSO READ Niger sounds alarm over 'fake' meningitis vaccine - Journal du CamerounA sergeant in the military police, Ronnie Lessa, 48, was taken into custody on suspicion of being the shooter. Elcio Vieira de Queiroz, 46, who had been sacked from the military police, also was arrested. Police said they had yet to determine whether the suspects acted on their own or on the orders of higher-ups. Until the arrests last week, seemingly no progress had been made into the homicide investigation in almost a year. Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:Cameroon share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleBoeing, airlines face tough path after 737 MAX grounding – Journal du Camerounnext articleAstronauts on aborted Soyuz launch blast off successfully for ISS – Journal du CamerounRelated Posts25 shares Cameroon/March 21, 2019 /No Comment Police, tradesmen rush to prepare ravaged mosque for Friday prayers – Journal du Cameroun15 shares Cameroon/March 21, 2019 /No Comment Pyongyang sanctions workarounds failing to soften impact – Journal du CamerounUn prêtre centrafricain assassiné au Cameroun – CameroonOnline.orgUn ancien ministre délégué à la justice enlevé en zone anglophone – CameroonOnline.orgStudent football team abducted in Anglophone Cameroon – CameroonOnline.orgUS woman sues Harvard over ‘slave ancestor’ pictures – Journal du CamerounFrom tree killing beetles to crop disease: Central America’s struggles with drought – Journal du CamerounNicaragua govt agrees to prisoner release to restart opposition talks – Journal du CamerounFootballers buried as New Zealand mosque massacre funerals resume – Journal du CamerounFinland tops world happiness rankings, South Sudan bottom: UN – Journal du Cameroun Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.