Newly-elected state lawmaker in the Rio de Janeiro state of Brazil Dani Monteiro, who had been an advisor to murdered Rio lawmaker Marielle Franco, Friday had her car vandalized with threats outside of the legislative building where the state assembly meets.
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Monteiro found the threatening message on the back window of her car that was parked in the parking lot of the legislative building on the same day she officially took office. Her tires were also popped.
The message read, “Shoot us..” and included the likeness of bullet holes breaking through the glass.
Monteiro is one of Black or other minority Brazilian lawmakers who have lately expressed fear at the turn of events in the country since the far right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office.
#Brasil tires popped and threats against @danimontpsol on her 1st day in office at the Legislative Assembly in the State of Rio. The threats against young, Black, and feminist lawmakers, who make the powers that be uncomfortable, continue.
Recently, Jean Wyllys, the first openly gay congressman Brazilian National Congress and a former lawmaker in the Rio State Assembly, abandoned his seat for fear of his life. He was a common target for conservatives in the country, and made his decision to leave after it was revealed that Flavio Bolsonaro, son of the president, was linked to people accused of Marielle Franco’s murder.