Radical Brazilian Politician Marielle Franco Assassinated

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Her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, was also killed, and an aide was injured. Last Saturday, she denounced the actions of the 41 Battallion of the military police (who were doing public policing before the intervention) who she said were "terrorizing" residents of a favela called Acari, acting with a new sense of impunity since the suspension of civilian laws.

Outside the scene where Marielle Franco was found dead in Rio on March 15. Police say her vehicle may have been tailed several miles before the killer fired, killing Franco and her driver, leaving an aide wounded, then disappearing. So far there are no indications of improvement in security in the city.

The federal government said it is investigating the shooting. "How many more have to die for this war to end?"

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.

Some 1,000 people stood under the tropical sun outside City Hall to greet the coffin of Marielle Franco, 38, who was murdered late Wednesday.

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Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles, who is contemplating a bid for the presidency, said the assassination underscores the need of the Rio military operation. After she won, it was impossible to visit the Complexo de Maré or other Rio favelas, where Franco had worked for years to improve social conditions, and not hear residents speak of her or what she meant to them.

Legendary Brazilian singer Elza Soares, who is black, tweeted that this was "one of the few times when I can't find my voice".

Human rights organizations called for immediate investigations into the "chilling" murder.

"Marielle was an outspoken and courageous advocate for victims of police abuse and a tireless defender of the rights of women and Afro-Brazilians", said Maria Laura Canineu, Brazil director at Human Rights Watch.

"More than a friend, Marielle was a symbol of our biggest conquests. She never said anything about being threatened", said Laura Pitangui, a physiotherapist who last saw Franco five days ago. More than 70,000 people and organisations have confirmed their presence in the demonstration in Rio de Janeiro.

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