●An openly gay congressman who frequently clashed with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday he was leaving his job and the country because of mounting death threats.
●In an interview published by daily Folha de S. Paulo, Congressman Jean Wyllys said he was currently outside of Brazil and had no plans to return.
●Instead, he said he would work in academia but did not say where.
●Wyllys, who was re-elected in October and set to begin a third term in February, said death threats against him had increased significantly since Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco was shot and killed along with her driver in March.
●Franco was a friend and ally of Wyllys.
●Many in Latin America's largest nation saw Franco, who was black, lesbian and hailed from one of Rio de Janeiro's most violent slums, as a symbol of hope for her strong advocacy for LGBT rights and outspoken criticism of police brutality in poor neighborhoods.
●Her death led to large protests in Brazil and in several countries.
●Ten months later, no one has been arrested for her murder.
●Since then, Wyllys, who represents Rio de Janeiro, has used a security detail.
●"How is it that I'm going to live four years of my life inside an armored car and with bodyguards?" he said.
●In a tweet that posted a link to the Folha de S. Paulo article, Wyllys said: "Preserving a threatened life is also a strategy to fight for better days."