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Brazil: Rural violence linked to deforestation and land grabs increases in the Amazon

Author: Mongabay, Published on: 16 April 2019

“3 massacres in 12 days: Rural violence escalates in Brazilian Amazon”, 8th April 2019

…The Amazon has seen 3 probable massacres in 12 days…as violence has exploded in areas of heavy deforestation where the building of large dams has brought a capital infusion, sent land prices soaring, and invited land speculation by land grabbers, loggers and ranchers. A Brazilian landless movement peasant leader and a leading dam activist are among those killed. The attacks have been concentrated in areas centered around the Belo Monte mega-dam; in the Madeira basin near the Jirau dam; and near the Tucuruí dam on the Tocantins River in Pará state. Investigations are ongoing, but early reports are that at least 9 people are dead, with some witnesses saying more have been killed, especially rural landless peasant workers…The Bolsonaro Administration has yet to condemn or comment significantly on the recent wave of killings. As of this article’s publication, the international community has taken little notice of the spike in violence…The most recent killings took place on 3 April in a landless peasant workers’ camp near the hamlet of Vila de Mocotó in the Altamira municipal district, in southwest Pará state, near the Belo Monte mega-dam…In response to the increased rural violence, the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) has launched a new website: Massacres in the Countryside…

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