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4 Nov 2019

Brazil: Indigenous leader killed and other wounded in confrontation with loggers in indigenous territories

An indigenous forest protector named Paulo Paulino Guajajara was shot dead in the Amazon by illegal loggers on Saturday. Another indigenous defender, Laércio Souza Silva, escaped badly injured. It is the latest incident in a wave of violence targeting indigenous land protectors since the election of Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro last year. Guajajara was killed when he and another forest protector were ambushed by a group of illegal loggers inside the Araribóia reservation in the northeastern state of Maranhão.