11 Jun '11, 2pm

Majority of Brazilians reject changes in Amazon Forest Code

Majority of Brazilians reject changes in Amazon Forest Code

Rash of murders threatens to silence environmental and social activism in Brazil (06/10/2011) Authorities in Brazil have sent an elite police force consisting of 60 officers to offer protection to environmental activists in the Amazon after a series of killings, reports the Associated Press. The move comes 10 days after Brazil’s Vice President Michel Temer announced the creation of a working group on Amazon violence following the assassinations of three activists in the region in late May. The Brazilian Amazon is no stranger to systemic violence against environmental activists, yet the response from the federal government in the past two weeks is the most significant to date. Assassinations of environmentalists continue in Brazil's Amazon, deforestation rises (05/28/2011) A community leader in the Brazilian Amazon was slain Friday just three days after two environmentalist...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0611-amazon_code_poll.html

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