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Brazil Remembers Marielle, a Month After Her Assassination

Brazilians chanted, "Marielle, Present," and "Justice for Marielle," as they commemorated the slain Black Brazilian feminist human rights activist and councilwoman, Marielle Franco, marking one month since her assassination.

Franco was shot dead in a car on Joaquim Palhares Street, in the Central Region of Rio, at about 9:30 p.m. on March 14. Community members held vigils and memorials around Rio de Janeiro on Saturday denouncing Franco's murder.

Deemed as a rising star in the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL), Franco's death has sent shockwaves among community members who she was fighting for.

The slain 38-year-old activist known for her outspokenness about police brutality against favela residents has left several communities in Brazilian cities, of Recife, Belem, Salvador, Natal, Sao Paulo, enraged where people have protested her assassination, demanding answers from the government.

Franco was raised and lived in Mare, a complex of favelas where about 130,000 residents now must contend with the presence of Rio's two most powerful gangs - the Red Command and the Pure Third Command, along with militias often made up of off-duty or retired police and fireman, who are feared as the gangs.   

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Demonstrators take part in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil April 14, 2018
Demonstrators take part in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil April 14, 2018 Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators project an image on the wall representing the late Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco during a protest against her shooting one month after her death.
Demonstrators project an image on the wall representing the late Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco during a protest against her shooting one month after her death. Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators take part in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death.
Demonstrators take part in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death. Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators perform in front of a police battalion as they take part in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Demonstrators perform in front of a police battalion as they take part in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Photo:Reuters
 Demonstrators react as they take part in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death, in Rio de Janeiro.
Demonstrators react as they take part in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death, in Rio de Janeiro. Photo:Reuters b
A demonstrator wearing an earring which reads: "Marielle", takes part in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death, in Sao Paulo, Brazil April 14, 2018
A demonstrator wearing an earring which reads: "Marielle", takes part in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death, in Sao Paulo, Brazil April 14, 2018 Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators hold a banner reading "Who killed Marielle and Anderson?" in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 14, 2018.
Demonstrators hold a banner reading "Who killed Marielle and Anderson?" in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 14, 2018. Photo:Reuters
A demonstrator holds a t-shirt reading "Marielle is Present" in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
A demonstrator holds a t-shirt reading "Marielle is Present" in a protest against the shooting of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco one month after her death, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo:Reuters
Published 15 April 2018
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