RIO DE JANEIRO-  Thousands took to the streets of Brazil’s largest cities on Thursday night to protest the execution-style murder of a popular Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman, who is an outspoken critic of police killings of poor residents.

Investigators, prosecutors and even drug gang leaders said the shooting of Marielle Franco, 38, a rising star in the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL), what appears to be a political assassination, protesting the way she was killed.

Franco who was an activist and a champion for women rights, she was killed along with her driver on Rio’s dangerous north side around 9:30 pm Wednesday night.

Her press secretary, who was traveling in the same vehicle, suffered minor injuries but was not hurt or shot.

Rio de Janeiro public prosecutor, who spoke under anonymity said he is not authorised to discuss the case.“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,”

Rivaldo Barbosa head of Rio’s Civil Police spoke to reporters, he said, “One of the possibilities in analysis is, yes, an execution.”

An attendee at the protest Danielle Ramos 26 said, “The path of her own fight is what gives us the strength to carry on,”

Ramos also added, “The best way to honor Marielle is to dedicate every second of our days to the fight that she was a part of,”

Photo Credit- US News & World Report


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