Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Amazon ecologists murdered

The couple formed by José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and María do Espírito Santo were murdered yesterday at an ambush in the state of Pará. Ribeiro da Silva was notable for his defense of the rainforest and struggle against illegal logging. He had received many death threats and even forecast his own murder but police never protected him. 

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, notable for her developist policies and relative disdain of environmentalism has now reacted and sent the federal police to investigate. A bit too little and a bit too late, right?

Sources and further reading at: Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Mongabay. See also this interview (in Portuguese) at YouTube.

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