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Brazil Marks First Anniversary of Marielle Franco Assassination

HeadlineMar 15, 2019

And in Brazil, thousands of people gathered for vigils in cities across the country Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the assassination of Marielle Franco. Franco was a member of Rio de Janeiro’s City Council and a human rights activist who challenged police brutality in one of the world’s most notorious police forces. This week, police arrested two former police officers and charged them with murdering Franco and her driver. This is David Miranda, a federal congressperson from Rio de Janeiro, longtime friend of Marielle Franco and husband of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald.

David Miranda: “Marielle’s legacy is her struggle, what she did when she was alive. And also, now that she is dead, the legacy goes on. We are the seeds of that legacy, of the fight she took on, of her voice, calling out the genocide of young people in the favelas, the genocide of women, which we are seeing on a daily basis.”

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