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Thu Oct 20, 2016, 01:24 PM

Environmental Official Murdered in Brazilian Amazon

Environmental Official Murdered in Brazilian Amazon
Thursday, 20 October 2016 00:00
By Sue Branford, Mongabay | Report

On Thursday 13 October, Luiz Alberto Ara˙jo, 54 years old, who headed the environment department for the municipal government of the town of Altamira in the Amazonian state of Parß, was killed by two gunmen. They drove up to his car and fired nine shots into him, in front of his wife and two stepsons. Nothing was stolen and the killing is believed to have been a political assassination.

In his endeavors to enforce environmental legislation in the largely lawless Amazonian region, Ara˙jo made powerful enemies. He, along with others, provided information to the Federal Police and to Brazil's Federal Public Ministry (MPF), an independent branch of government, that enabled them to launch Operašāo Rios Voadores (Flying Rivers Operation) earlier this year.

This illegal logging investigation, one of the largest in the Amazon in recent times, led to 24 arrests, including that of the ringleader, Antonio JosÚ Junqueira Vilela Filho, known as AJJ. He and his son were accused of illegally invading the Amazon rainforest, extracting valuable hard timber, slashing-and-burning the remaining forest and turning it into pasture for cattle.

According to Luciano Evaristo, Director of Environmental Protection at Brazil's environmental agency, Ibama, AJJ developed a new method for clearing the forest. "He employed geo-processing technicians to organize numerous small-scale operations," he said.

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Thu Oct 20, 2016, 03:20 PM

1. I'm sure Greenwald will get right on this...

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Thu Oct 20, 2016, 05:51 PM

2. "illegal logging investigation, one of the largest in the Amazon in recent times, led to 24 arrests"

obviously those horrible Big Corn guys wanting to make more ethanol!!!!!!

oh, just illegal lumber operations and cutting down trees for cattle grazing (till soil gives out, then cut/burn down more trees).....oh I guess those would be called "inconvenient facts" of deforestation.

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