Brazil Protests Execution of Rights Activist Marielle
While the World Social Forum is taking place in Brazil this
week, thousands of Brazilians marched to protest
the execution of Marielle Franco, a prominent social
leader, human rights activist and councilwoman.
Franco was shot and killed in Rio de Janeiro Wednesday
night by unknown gunmen along with her driver Anderson
Pedro Gomes, while her advisor was injured.
Being a young Black Brazilian who grew up in a favela,
Franco became one of Brazil's prominent defenders of
human rights, focusing on the impoverished favelas that
are often the target of gang and militias violence.
The day before she was murdered, Marielle complained
about the violence in the city in a post on her personal
Twitter account. In the post, she questioned the action of
the Military Police. "One more homicide of a young man
who may be coming in for the PM's account... How many
more will have to die for this war to end?"9