Amazon land defender was murdered a year ago, but logging ...

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Amazon land defender was murdered a year ago, but logging continues

No one has been arrested, while deforestation hit an 11-year high in 2019, with experts worried it’s out of control

Zoe Tabary

Illegal loggers are operating unchecked in Brazil’s Amazon as coronavirus rages despite government vows to act after an indigenous land activist was killed exactly one year ago trying to protect the rainforest, said his cousin.

Paulo Paulino Guajajara, or Lobo (“wolf” in Portuguese) was hunting on November 1 2019, inside the Arariboia reservation in Maranhao state when he was attacked and shot in the head. His cousin, Laercio Guajajara, was wounded but escaped.

Lobo, aged about 27, and Laercio were part of a group of 120 Guajajara Indian volunteers, brigades known as “Guardians of the Forest”, who patrol protected areas of the world’s largest rainforest, burning the camps and timber of illegal loggers...

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