20 Sep '11, 6pm

Two arrested in connection with murdering Amazon activists

Suspects named for assassination of husband and wife activists in Brazil (07/21/2011) Brazilian authorities have fingered three men for the killing of environmental activist, José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva, and his wife, Maria do Espírito Santo da Silva, in May. The grisly murders received international attention, since José da Silva was a well known activist against illegal logging in Pará, a state in Brazil that is rife with deforestation and violence. Killing in the name of deforestation: Amazon activist and wife assassinated (05/24/2011) José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Maria do Espírito Santo da Silva, were gunned down last night in an ambush near their home in the Brazilian state of Pará. Da Silva was known as a community leader and an outspoken critic of deforestation in the region. Police believe the da Silvas were killed by hired assassins because both v...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0920-hance_arrests_dasilva....

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