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Impunity Bred Marielle´s Murder

Expand Marielle Franco during protest in Rio de Janeiro. © Mídia Ninja To dare to murder someone with a profile as high in Rio de Janeiro as Councilwoman Marielle Franco takes a lot of confidence that there will be no justice. Franco, 38, was a black, bisexual human rights defender born in a poor neighborhood who advocated tirelessly for minorities and women´s rights, and who denounced police abuses. She was a rising young star amid an old cadre of Rio politicians tainted by corruption and incompetence. She was all that and more—until four bullets struck her head as she rode in a car through…

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