Brazil: Amazon land defender killed by illegal loggers

Brazil: Amazon land defender killed by illegal loggers

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Paulo Paulino Guajajara worked to combat logging gangs in the Amazon
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(*********)(**********)A young indigenous land defender has been shot dead and another wounded by illegal loggers in Brazil’s Amazon.(***********)(**********)Paulo Paulino Guajajara was reportedly attacked and shot in the head while hunting on Friday inside the Arariboia reservation in Maranhao state.(***********)(**********)He was a member of Guardians of the Forest, a group formed to combat logging gangs in the area.(***********)(**********)The killing increases concerns about escalating violence against Amazon forest protectors.(***********)(**********)Non-profit group Survival International, which advocates for isolated communities, says at least three Guardians have previously been killed, along with many of their relatives.(***********)(**********)In September, an official who had worked to protect indigenous people (************)was murdered in the city of Tabatinga. (*************)(***********)(**********)Brazil’s populist President Jair Bolsonaro has drawn intense domestic and international criticism for failing to protect the Guardians’ territory in the eastern Amazon region.(***********)(**********)He has often stated support for farmers and loggers working in the area, while criticising environmental campaigners and slashing the budget of the Brazil’s environmental agency.(***********)(**********)Brazil’s justice minister Sérgio Moro said federal police were investigating the incident. “We will spare no effort to bring those responsible for this serious crime to justice,” he tweeted.(***********)(**************)What happened to Paulo Paulino Guajajara?(***************)(**********)Authorities say he was shot in the head during an ambush by illegal loggers who had invaded the reservation. (***********)(**)
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Paulo Paulino Guajajara holds a gun during a search for illegal loggers in September
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(*********)(**********)Another indigenous man, Tainaky Tenetehar, was injured in the attack.(***********)(**********)Brazilian police said one of the loggers was also killed in a subsequent shootout. (***********)(**********)Brazil’s pan-indigenous organization APIB said Paulo Paulino Guajajara’s body was still lying in the forest where he was gunned down.(***********)(**************)What has the reaction been? (***************)(**********)The APIB, which represents many of Brazil’s (***************************),(***********************************) indigenous people, said Mr Bolsonaro’s government had serious questions to answer. (***********)(**********)”The Bolsonaro government has indigenous blood on its hands,” it said in a statement.(***********)(**)
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The killing increases concerns about escalating violence against Amazon forest protectors.
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(*********)(**********)”The increase in violence in indigenous territories is a direct result of his hateful speeches and steps taken against our people.”(***********)(**************)Who was Paulo Paulino Guajajara?(***************)(**********)The land defender, who was in his late twenties and had a son, was a Guajajara leader.(***********)(**)
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The young man leaves behind a son
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(*********)(**********)The Guajajaras are one of Brazil’s largest indigenous groups with some (*********************************),(***********************************) people. In (*************************), they started the Guardians of the Forest to protect the Arariboia Indigenous Territory.(***********)(**********)”I’m scared at times, but we have to lift up our heads and act. We are here fighting,” he told Reuters news agency this year. (***********)(**********)”There is so much destruction of nature happening, good trees with wood as hard as steel being cut down and taken away,” he added.(***********)(**********)”We have to preserve this life for our children’s future.”(***********)(**)
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(******************) (*******)(***)Media caption(******)”The people that are part of the brigade are together for this, to protect mother nature above all”(********)
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