Jair Bolsonaro's tough talk places Brazil's Amazon rainforest in peril

The Times - https://www.thetimes.co.uk/ - 02/08/2019
Jair Bolsonaro's tough talk places Brazil's Amazon rainforest in peril
Wildcat mining and violence have escalated since Brazilians elected a president who seems keen to encourage exploitation of the Amazon.

Lucinda Elliott reports

Dragged lifeless from the muddy river where it had been dumped, the tribal leader's body was covered in stab wounds, the blood from the fatal blows smearing into the red and black dyes used to adorn his body.

Tribe members say that Emyra Wajapi, 68, a local indigenous chief from the Brazilian Amazon, was murdered as he defended his village and the tribe's wider protected reservation in Amapa state from a takeover of illegal gold miners, known as garimpeiros, in the first such incursion against them in decades.

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Related Protected Areas:

  • TI Waiãpi
  • TI Xingu

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