24 May '11, 11pm

Killing in the name of deforestation: Amazon activist and wife assassinated

Killing in the name of deforestation: Amazon activist and wife assassinated

Killing in the name of deforestation: Amazon activist and wife assassinated Jeremy Hance mongabay.com May 24, 2011 José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva speaking at TEDx Amazon in 2010 José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Maria do Espírito Santo da Silva, were gunned down last night in an ambush in the city of Nova Ipixuna 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 victims had an ear cut off, which is a common token for hired gunmen to prove their victims had been slain, according to local police investigator, Marcos Augusto Cruz, who spoke to Al Jazeera. Suspicion immediately fell on illegal loggers linked to the charcoal trade that supplies pig iron smelters in the region. José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva, who also wen...

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