Brazil’s Samba Schools and Blocos Pay Tribute to Lawmaker Marielle Franco

One of Rio's most traditional samba schools, Mangueira, paid tribute to the slain lawmaker, as did a samba school in São Paulo, and blocos throughout the country.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Among the traditional samba tunes this year during Carnival in Brazil, several samba schools and ‘blocos’ honored lawmaker and activist, Marielle Franco, gunned down last year in the center of Rio de Janeiro.

One of Rio’s most prestigious samba schools, Mangueira, honored Franco on Monday night (March 4th) during its parade. According to samba school organizers, the objective of this year’s samba . . .

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