16 Jun '11, 7pm

Dying to save the rainforest

At the end of May, José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Mario do Espírito Santo, were killed . Both lived in Brazil's Amazon rainforest and had fought back against loggers illegally harvesting wood. Da Silva had expected death for a long time, but said he wouldn’t let that stop him: “[M]y fear does not silence me. As long as I have the strength to walk I will denounce all of those who damage the forest." That same week , another activist, Adelino Ramos, was shot and killed. The week after that , an activist identified only as Marcos was shot. When witnesses tried to take him to the hospital, gunmen stopped them on the way and killed the wounded man. This week , a fifth anti-logging activist, Obede Loyla Souza, was found dead. He had been shot in the head. The Brazilian government has formed a task force to act on violence in the Amazon, but its human rights minister...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-16-dying-to-save-the-ra...

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