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'Black Lives Matter' Signs Wave In Protest After Politician Assassinated In Rio

Protests have swept Brazil after a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman, Marielle Franco, was assassinated on March 14, 2018. Tens of thousands of people have marched over the last two weeks in honor of Franco, a prominent queer black woman in Brazil. Having grown up in a favela, Franco was known for her work in poor and marginalized communities. She was outspoken against police brutality, which largely affects black Brazilians. Protesters accuse forces associated with the government for ordering the hit to scare police critics. 

Brazil’s new president Michel Temer has ramped up military assistance to police in recent months, especially in Rio. Worldview discusses police brutality and the rally around Marielle Franco. 

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Priscila Neri, a journalist working with the human rights organization Witness

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