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Killing of Amazon Activists Sparks Protection

By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Amazonian environmentalists who receive death threats will be protected by the government, and if necessary, receive protection from the national armed forces. That was the decision of an emergency meeting in Brasilia between members of the cabinet, prompted by the recent spate of assassinations of four Amazonian activists.

The most recent murder happened last Friday. Adelino Ramos (57), a farmer and leader of the Movimento Camponês de Corumbiara (Corumbiara Peasant Movement) in the state of Rondonia, was gunned down as he was selling roadside vegetables. Ramos himself was a . . .

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