Wednesday, 20 November, 2019

Rio de Janeiro councillor shot dead in apparent targeted killing

People cry on the sidewalk next to scene where council member Marielle Franco and her driver have where shot to death People cry on the sidewalk next to scene where council member Marielle Franco and her driver have where shot to death
Patty Aguilar | 15 March, 2018, 23:33

According to the publication, one mother called him out directly, asking where the soldiers he had traveled with were when her daughter was kidnapped.

"It is far too soon to say, but we are obviously looking at this as a murder in response to her political work, that is a main theory", said a Rio de Janeiro public prosecutor, who spoke on condition that he not be named as he was not authorized to discuss the case.

Temer said via Twitter that he laments Franco's murder, describing it as "an act of extreme cowardice". Her driver was also killed, ans a press officer was injured. As a young, black, lesbian female activist who grew up in the slums of Rio, she championed the underrepresented and was loved by other activists. "The 41st Battalion of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police is terrorizing and raping residents of Acari".

The military intervention has sparked widespread concern, including from the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, who said soldiers "are not specialized in public security or investigation".

"Another killing of a young man that could be chalked up to the police." she tweeted. "Matheus Melo was leaving the church". They come to carve up the population!

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She was also opposed to President Michel Temer's February military intervention, which put the armed forces in control of security across the city. Four of the suspects are police officers. Deputy Jandira Feghali, of the Communist Party of Brazil, defined the councilor as an empowered woman, with her own brightness and full of dreams.' Leaders of the PSOL and human rights organizations demanded an immediate clarification of this crime of hate.

As a resident of the Mare slum, Franco knew firsthand of the struggles of being poor.

She was also a sociologist who focused her education, according to news reports, on "pacification", the failed policing program created to seize control of favelas from Rio's drug gangs and deliver social services they have long lacked, but instead led only to more violence inside the neighborhoods.

The mayor called for three days of mourning in the city, and a demonstration in memory of Ms. Franco and against police violence is planned for Thursday evening.

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