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Brazilian Human Rights Activist Marielle Franco Killed in Apparent Assassination

HeadlineMar 15, 2018

In Brazil, prominent human rights activist and city councilmember Marielle Franco and her driver were shot dead as they drove through downtown Rio de Janeiro Wednesday. Police say two unknown assailants remain at large in the double murder, which also left Franco’s press officer injured. Franco was a black woman, and a member of the LGBTQ community from one of Rio’s poorest neighborhoods. In 2016, she was elected to the Rio City Council under the Socialism and Liberty Party. Franco was a longtime critic of Brazil’s police, who’ve been linked to hundreds of killings and thousands of incidents of brutality in Rio’s impoverished favela neighborhoods.

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