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A protestor in the Mare favela holds a sign that reads: 'To be a black women is resisting and surviving all the time' during a rally to protest the murder of Marielle Franco, a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman, black rights activist and outspoken critic of police brutality who was shot in an assassination-style killing on 15 March 2018.<br />
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Franco was a popular local LGBTQ and human rights activist who grew up in one of Rio's largest favelas. She rose to political prominence by denouncing economic inequality and police brutality.