Thousands in Brazil protest against death of Rio councilwoman

Thousands in Brazil protest against death of Rio councilwoman

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called for a full investigation [press release] on Thursday into the killing of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco.

Rio's police force is one of the most deadly in the world.

Thousands of people gather to mourn Rio de Janeiro's city councillor Marielle Franco, 38, who was shot dead, outside State Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 15, 2018.

Ms. Franco's driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, was also killed, when a vehicle pulled up next to theirs at a downtown intersection and someone shot nine bullets into the auto, five of which reportedly hit Ms. Franco in the head. Her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, was also killed, and an aide was injured.

Just last week, Cabral said she was with Franco at a meeting on Rio de Janeiro's military intervention.

He delayed a previously-scheduled event at the presidential palace to hold a Cabinet meeting on Rio's security, and said the federal police was willing to help with the investigations.

Jungmann said that federal investigators would be involved in the investigation and that he had put Brazil's federal police at the disposition of local investigators. "Another homicide of a young man that could be credited to the police". That was a subtle way of saying the government did not think the local police force, which would usually be exclusively responsible for investigating a killing, is up to the task.

"Matheus Melo was leaving the church. How many more need to die for this war to end?"

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A few days earlier, she accused a local police unit in the poor neighborhood of Acari of acting like a death squad. They come to carve up the population!

So far there are no indications of improvement in security in the city. The measure has seen generals take charge of nearly all local security branches, while heavily armed soldiers are routinely deployed to accompany police officers during sweeps and searches in favelas. The assassination made national and worldwide headlines, as demonstrators demanded a thorough investigation into the murder and vowed to carry on Franco's human rights work.

Christian Aid has condemned this week's killings of human rights defenders in Brazil and called for urgent inquiries into their deaths.

One of her most recent tweets highlighted the murder of a young man in the Manguinhos favela.

Ms Franco was elected to the city council in 2016 and presided over the women's commission. That total was bested by only four of 51 council members.

Franco, who was raised and lived in the Mare complex of slums, long one of Rio's more risky areas, received over 46,500 votes in the 2016 election, the fifth most popular representative out of 51 council members.

Flowers, pictures and condolence messages are amassing outside the city council offices, paying tribute to a charismatic young woman with a long record of championing social causes in a metropolis plagued by issues of violence, race and poverty.

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