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17 March 2018, 01:45 | Audrey Hill
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The uproar caused by the murder of City Council member Marielle Franco (PSOL), 38, has reinforced concerns regarding Rio's federal intervention and put pressure on the military, now responsible for policing the city.
An elderly man lights a candle during a rally against the murder of Brazilian councilwoman and activist Marielle Franco, in Sao Paulo Brazil on March 15, 2018.
Reports say two men in a auto drew up alongside her vehicle, opened fire, and sped away.
A Rio public prosecutor who wished to remain anonymous said Franco's killing appeared to be politically motivated.
Two weeks ago, she was appointed rapporteur for a special commission that the city council created to monitor the ongoing federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro and the militarization of public security.
It is important to mention the brutal murder occurred despite the military taking over the policing last month.
"Another killing of a young man that could be chalked up to the police." she tweeted.
The killing came just weeks after the Brazilian government chose to let the military take over all security operations in Rio to control the city's increasing crime rates. Violence is particularly intense in Rio de Janeiro, where criminals frequently clash with police forces, causing the shutdown of major motorways and disrupting the local economy. Franco had been a vocal critic of the city's police.
Franco was born and raised in a network of favelas, or slums, called Mare, one of the city's most violent areas. She was a councillor for the left-wing Socialism and Liberty Party.
Franco grew up in Maré-a complex of 16 favela communities and one of Rio's largest slums-and has been an outspoken advocate for favela residents denouncing police aggression.
Instead of turning her back on politics, she embraced it. Franco earned a diploma from one of the country's most prestigious universities before jumping into the national debate and then into electoral politics.
Human rights organizations have called for immediate investigations into the assassination. Matheus Melo was leaving church when he was killed. "This week two youth were killed and tossed into a ditch".
Jungmann said that federal investigators would be involved in the investigation and that he had put Brazil's federal police at the disposition of local investigators.
Ms. Franco was an expert on police violence and had been put in charge of a commission at City Hall meant to monitor the military intervention. Throughout the day, worldwide human rights agencies, such as Amnesty global and Human Rights Watch called for a rigorous investigation of the crime. Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles, who is contemplating a bid for the presidency, said the assassination underscores the need of the Rio military operation.
Franco was a beacon of hope of the people of Rio, which is plagued by a plethora of issues including poverty.
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