Anti-fascist protesters gather in the Brazilian cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte in response to police brutality and President Bolsonaro's defence of unconstitutional measures. A pro-government crowd forms in São Paulo, with police reporting neo-Nazi flags hung from a sound truck.
Two former military police officers are arrested in Brazil for the murders of Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes. One of the suspects was arrested at home, in a Rio de Janeiro gated community where President Jair Bolsonaro also resides. Franco was born in a Rio favela and became a politician and activist against violence in the slums, which are often controlled by paramilitary groups. Her assassination prompted widespread protests. [https:--www.theguardian.com-world-2019-mar-12-police-officers-arrested-murder-brazilian-politician-marielle-franco ("The Guardian)"]
At least two people are killed after an oceanfront stretch of an elevated bike lane in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, collapses when it was hit by a strong wave. Two other people were rescued alive, while another may be missing. The bike lane was among the projects built in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics. No Olympic event will be held on the path.
Three men are arrested for allegedly raping and robbing a foreign tourist on a minibus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, amid concerns about security before the country hosts 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.