A woman stands near a banner featuring councilwoman Marielle Franco at the entrance of City Hall where thousands have gathered to pay their respects to the slain 38-year-old and her driver Anderson Pedro Gomes who were both gunned down the night before by two unidentified attackers, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, March 15, 2018. (AP/Leo Correa)

The Murder of Black-Activist Marielle Franco Marks Brazil’s Return to a Dictatorial Past

The tragic death of Marielle Franco, a black activist against violence in Rio, and a city councilor, fuels fears that the current militarization of security in Brazil is the prelude to a return to its dictatorial past.

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