Zé Claudio Ribeiro da Silva: Dead in Fight to Save Amazon

This is a testament to a tree hugger and his wife.  A couple whose lives ended for informing on lumber interests that must cut down the forest and move on.  Who informed on the cattle interests who converted the clear cut remnants of the jungle to pasture each year – year after year.  – Carlos

Death in the morning

“I will protect the forest at all costs. That is why I could get a bullet in my head at any moment,” said Ze Claudio Ribeiro da Silva, an Amazon rainforest activist, at an environmental conference in Manaus. Six months later Ze Claudio was dead – gunned down, alongside his wife Maria, on May 24, 2011 in a remote corner of the Brazilian Amazon.

Renowned for standing up to the illegal loggers and ranchers who have laid waste to the world’s greatest tropical forest, Ze Claudio had long known he was a marked man. Investigations into the assassination are ongoing, but few doubt he was killed because of this unflinching struggle in defence of the environment. After riddling his body with bullets, the gunmen cut off one of Jose Claudio’s ears – proof, police say, that they had successfully completed their mission.  Video here: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/aljazeeracorrespondent/2011/09/2011918122311463189.html

TED (Portuguese) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO2pwnrji8I

Petition for Dilma  http://www.avaaz.org/po/codigo_florestal_urgente/96.php?CLICK_TF_TRACK

About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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2 Responses to Zé Claudio Ribeiro da Silva: Dead in Fight to Save Amazon

  1. Caro Carlos:

    O Brasil não dá conta das barbaridades perpetradas nas barbas do poder, como foi o caso recente de uma ordem de reintegração de posse da comunidade de Pinheirinhos – S.Paulo, levada a efeito pelos moldes mais truculentos das ditaduras.

    O Brasil sozinho, sem vontade política, nadando em corrupção, não terá condições – diante de economias globalizadas – de, pelo menos, minimizar a violência que permeia todo interesse econômico naquela região.

    O controle da Amazônia sozinho seria um desafio para qualquer grande potência do mundo.

    Um abraço


    • carlos says:

      Oi, tudo bem? Claro, é assim. Sem intervenção a sério por um grupo dedicado ao apoio do povo nada vai acontecer. Além disso qq grupo que pretendia apoiar em maneira seria um grupo rebelde. Vc sabe como é em Colombia. Eventualmente os rebeldes tornaram-se bandidos e caçiques criminosos. Abraços tb.

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