The black activist and Rio de Janeiro councilwoman was killed on March 14, 2018 in a drive-by shooting [Mia Albertia/Al Jazeera]

Sao Paulo, Brazil – “Woman, black, mother, lesbian, from the favelas, open about sexuality and Rio’s problemas, and on top of all this, a human rights activist.”

That’s how Marielle Franco once described herself in an event in Rio de Janeiro, the city where she was elected councilwoman. And that’s also why she was killed.

The black activist and Rio de Janeiro councilwoman was killed on March 14, 2018 in a drive-by shooting. It took police 383 days to arrest and accuse two former policemen with her murder, which authorities say was politically motivated. 

A year later, thousands gathered across the country

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