Human Rights Activist, Military Critic Executed in Rio de Janeiro

Councilwoman was very active in women’s rights and was speaking out against the military intervention declared by the federal government last month.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A Rio de Janeiro councilwoman was shot to death after leaving a town meeting in downtown Rio on Wednesday night. Marielle Franco was a human rights activist and favela-community resident who recently was chosen by the city’s legislature to monitor the military intervention issued by President Michel Temer for the state of Rio de Janeiro.

“Marielle's performance as a councilwoman and as a human rights activist makes the entire PSOL (Socialist and Liberty Party) proud and we will honor her by continuing her struggle,” said the left . . .

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