Apr 2, 2020

Brazil: Amazon land defender Zezico Guajajara shot dead

The body of Zezico Guajajara, of the Guajajara tribe, was found near his village on Tuesday. The Guajajaras are one of Brazil's largest indigenous groups with some 20,000 people. It is not clear who killed Zezico Guajajara on Tuesday. In a statement issued on Wednesday, indigenous leader Olimpio Guajajara described him as "Another fellow warrior - a man who defended life". "The Guardians have been mercilessly targeted by powerful logging mafias illegally exploiting the valuable hardwoods in the Arariboia indigenous territory, home to both the Guajajara indigenous people and uncontacted members of the Awa tribe," it said in a statement.

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