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Brazil Protests Execution of Rights Activist Marielle Franco

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?"

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Participants of the World Social Forum protesting Marielle
Participants of the World Social Forum protesting Marielle's execution. #MariellePRESENTE Photo:Mídia NINJA
The World Social Forum intends to address social issues all over the world and discuss possible solutions.
The World Social Forum intends to address social issues all over the world and discuss possible solutions. Photo:Mídia NINJA
After Marielle was murdered, people attending the forum and Brazil
After Marielle was murdered, people attending the forum and Brazil's population marched against violence demanding justice. Photo:Mídia NINJA
Members of the European Parliament protesting against the execution of Marielle Franco.
Members of the European Parliament protesting against the execution of Marielle Franco. Photo:Mídia NINJA
A vigil was organized as a tribute to Franco.
A vigil was organized as a tribute to Franco. Photo:Mídia NINJA
Parliamentarians and social movements do a solemn act at the House of Representatives in Brasilia, Brazil
Parliamentarians and social movements do a solemn act at the House of Representatives in Brasilia, Brazil's Capital: #MariellePRESENTE today and always! Photo:Mídia NINJA
Parliamentarians carried flowers as they sat on the congress.
Parliamentarians carried flowers as they sat on the congress. Photo:Mídia NINJA
Big marches were organized in demand for justice.
Big marches were organized in demand for justice. Photo:Mídia NINJA
Your blood on the floor will not go unpunished! Thousands of people are now in square square in Rio de Janeiro to protest against violence and war that kills black and poor people every day and also their leadership. Justice for the death of Marielle Franco and Anderson Gomes. #Mariellepresente
Your blood on the floor will not go unpunished! Thousands of people are now in square square in Rio de Janeiro to protest against violence and war that kills black and poor people every day and also their leadership. Justice for the death of Marielle Franco and Anderson Gomes. #Mariellepresente Photo:Mídia NINJA
Published 15 March 2018
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