Assassination of Rights Defender, Driver

In February Temer decided the federal intervention of Rio de Janeiro state giving the army control over police fire departments and the prison system in the region

"One of these issues was the public security in Rio, and the pension reform temporarily left the legislative agenda but did not leave the country's agenda", Temer said.

Investigators reportedly suspect that Franco, 38, was the victim of a targeted assassination.

In February, Temer decided the federal intervention of Rio de Janeiro state giving the army control over police, fire departments and the prison system in the region.

In city council elections in 2016 she surprised everyone, including herself, by getting 46,000 votes, the fifth biggest tally of anyone running.

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".

Franco, a black woman from the Socialism and Liberty Party, or PSOL, was a fierce critic of the role of Rio's police in outbreaks of violence that have gripped the city for the last two years ― there were more than 5,000 homicides in 2016, according to federal data, and police killed more than 900 people that year.

The outcry over Franco's death comes a month after Brazil's president, Michel Temer, signed a decree placing the military in overall charge of security in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Councillor Marielle Franco's driver also died in the attack, in which a vehicle pulled up alongside theirs as she returned from a black women's empowerment event and shots were fired at them. This week two young men were killed.

As Franco was leaving the site, a auto pulled up to the side of her own vehicle and fired nine shots into it. Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were killed on the spot. "How many others will have to die for this war to end?" she wrote. Her party, the PSOL, said in a statement posted to its web site that it "can not rule out the hypothesis of political crime, that is, an execution".

User Ana Clara Otoni took the time to celebrate Franco's activism. "A woman like us, black, from the favela, who had a lot of strength to face the institutional challenges of the politics that always kept us distant", said Daiene Mendes, a journalism student. "Do you know how many pictures of dead Marielles I see every day?"



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