Marielle, Presente

Marielle Franco (27 July 1979 – 14 March 2018) was a Brazilian politician, bisexual, feminist, sociologist and human rights activist. She served as a member of the Municipal Chamber of Rio de Janeiro, for the left-wing Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) from January 2017 to March 2018.

She was raised in Maré, a slum in Rio de Janeiro, where she also resided. In the 2016 municipal elections, she received 46,500 votes.

She had been an outspoken critic of the police in Rio de Janeiro. On 14 March 2018, Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were fatally shot in an apparent assassination in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Her death inspired coordinated protests in at least 10 Brazilian cities.

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