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