Authorities must investigate the killing of human rights defender Marielle Franco


A member of the leftist Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL), she got the fifth highest vote count in Rio's 2016 council elections.

One of her aides was wounded.

Mayor Crivella, an evangelical pastor who was at frequent political odds with Ms. Franco, who represented a far-left party, said she had "unrivalled bravery, honesty and public spirit" and that the city she loved was "desolate, embittered, by the lost of unequalled, unforgettable daughter".

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Three days of mourning have begun in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after the murder of a black human rights campaigner who spoke out against the lethal methods routinely used by security forces within the city's poorest neighborhoods. "How many more will have to die for this war to end?"

On 16 February, Brazil's federal government put the military in charge of Rio's local police amid a spike in violence.

Councillor Marielle Franco's driver also died in the attack, in which a auto pulled up alongside theirs as she returned from a black women's empowerment event and shots were fired at them.

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The day before she was murdered, Marielle complained about the violence in the city in a post on her personal Twitter. "The 41st Battalion of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police is terrorizing and raping residents of Acari". "We demand immediate and rigorous investigation of this heinous crime".

#MarielleFranco was part of a vocal young generation of Black Brazilians.

"This a chilling development and is yet another example of the dangers that human rights defenders face in Brazil", Jurema Werneck, Amnesty International's Brazil director, said in a statement.

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Ms. Franco, 38, was a black, gay woman from Maré, one of the city's most violent favelas, who became a human-rights activist and then an elected politician - an exceedingly rare figure in a country where white men from a traditional elite still predominate in politics. Similar demonstrations are planned in other cities, including São Paulo, according to posts on Facebook and other social media sites. Franco, who identified as a member of the LGBT community, was shot dead by two men in what is being reported as a targeted assassination. Dozens, from all angles, shared by the networks, images with subtitles as 'all pierced.' The banality of evil.