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Councilwoman’s Murder Deals Blow to Temer’s Security Policy in Rio

  • Marielle Franco killed when her car was targeted by criminals
  • The dead woman was an outspoken human rights activist
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Brazilians are reacting with outrage to the murder of a prominent councilwoman and human rights activist in Rio de Janeiro, in a blow to President Michel Temer’s decision to deploy the military to tackle criminality in the postcard city.

Marielle Franco, a 38 year-old black politician from one of Rio’s poorest and most violent communities, was returning home from an event in the city center late Wednesday when a car pulled alongside hers and opened fire, local media reported. Franco’s driver was also killed, but an aide traveling with her survived.