by Ali Garfinkel
Categories: Causes, Internet
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Photo: Flickr via Threat to Democracy

Adelino Ramos, a rural activist protecting the dwindling land of the Amazon, was murdered this Friday in Porto Velho, the capital of Rondonia, Brazil.

He’s the third reported activist that has been killed this week for his public denouncements of the illegal logging activity that has been decimating the Amazon Rain Forest, which is now, unfortunately, becoming a common occurrence.

Thousands of activists have been slain over the conflict since 1988, the loggers themselves paying these gunmen to instill fear and ‘shut up the public.’

This attack comes only days after world-renowned activist couple Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Maria were also murdered for reporting illegal loggers.

There is little to no justice for the murderers, as the Brazilian government’s corruption runs high — less than 100 cases have ever reached the court.

Said Leonora Brunetto, a 65 year old Roman Catholic nun and activist who is currently on the death-threat list: “The impunity for killing us is getting worse by the day. We can cry out, denounce what is happening to the forest, but it continues. I see no end to it.”

  • Melissa

    Unbelievably sad.

  • herwin

    and why do the landowners cut these forests ? mainly for cattle and soy production, and that’s soyproduction not for my soyburger but for animal foods feeding our cows, pigs, and chickens.

  • cheriak

    So tragic. These activists are heros and I am deeply grateful for their courage and sacrifice.

  • MKay

    Yup – That’s “karma” alright! Queue the Queen song “Another One Bites the Dust”!

  • MKay

    Maybe Captain Watson with his amazing bullet-proof badge can fly down there on Brigitte Bardot’s back and save the day!