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Killed for defending the people of Rio

Marielle Franco was a mother, sports-enthusiast and much-loved partner from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

As a black, bisexual woman born in the favela she faced a lifetime of abuse and injustice. Marielle never let this hold her back and she dedicated her life to making Brazil a more fair and equal place.
 
In 2005, her close friend was killed by a stray bullet in a shootout between police and drug traffickers. From then on, Marielle began using her voice and influence to speak up for the rights of people around her – especially black women, young people, the LGBTI community.
 
But in March this year, Marielle was killed in a drive-by shooting. She was only 38.

The police investigation into Marielle’s death has been shrouded in secrecy. We believe this was a targeted, carefully planned attack involving state agents and carried out by people with specialist training.

We can’t bring her back, but we can bring her justice. Marielle’s loved ones and the people of Brazil need our support. Will you join us?

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