Sep 9, 2019

Brazil worker who protected indigenous tribes killed in Amazon

Police in Brazil are investigating the murder of an official who had worked to protect indigenous people from farmers and loggers attempting to seize land. The killing comes amid international outrage over the rate of destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The union called on the Brazilian government to demonstrate Brazil "No longer condones violence against those who engage, under the rule of law, in the protection and promotion of indigenous rights". According to the environmental watchdog Global Witness, Brazil was the deadliest country in 2017, with a record 57 such activists killed, of 201 deaths worldwide. Hundreds of government environment workers in Brazil last month signed an open letter warning that their work had been hampered by President Bolsonaro.

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