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Brazil: Protesters pay tribute to slain councilwoman Marielle Franco in Rio02:17

Brazil: Protesters pay tribute to slain councilwoman Marielle Franco in Rio

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
October 15, 2018 at 04:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to unite against fascism and to show their support of Marielle Franco, a human rights activist who was shot on March 14.

A thousand commemorative plaques, depicting street signs with the name ’Marielle Franco street’, were handed out to protesters in honour of the late councilor at the central plaza of Rio’s Cinelandia district.

The tribute was called in response to the destruction of a replica street sign with the name of the late councilwoman by two deputies belonging to far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro’s Social Liberal party (PSL), Daniel Silveira and Rodrigo Amorim. The two candidates had posed for photos with the pieces of the sign during the first round of the electoral campaign.

Marielle Franco was returning from an event aimed at inspiring and empowering young black women when both she and her driver were attacked, just weeks after Rio’s security was put in the hands of the military.

Investigators believe the attack was an assassination, and so for many Franco has become a symbol of the anti-Bolsonaro movement in the run up to the presidential elections.

Brazil: Protesters pay tribute to slain councilwoman Marielle Franco in Rio02:17
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Hundreds of people took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to unite against fascism and to show their support of Marielle Franco, a human rights activist who was shot on March 14.

A thousand commemorative plaques, depicting street signs with the name ’Marielle Franco street’, were handed out to protesters in honour of the late councilor at the central plaza of Rio’s Cinelandia district.

The tribute was called in response to the destruction of a replica street sign with the name of the late councilwoman by two deputies belonging to far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro’s Social Liberal party (PSL), Daniel Silveira and Rodrigo Amorim. The two candidates had posed for photos with the pieces of the sign during the first round of the electoral campaign.

Marielle Franco was returning from an event aimed at inspiring and empowering young black women when both she and her driver were attacked, just weeks after Rio’s security was put in the hands of the military.

Investigators believe the attack was an assassination, and so for many Franco has become a symbol of the anti-Bolsonaro movement in the run up to the presidential elections.