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Breaking news: Guarani leader and film-star murdered [Brazil]

Guarani Indian leader and film-star Ambrósio Vilhalva was murdered on [1 December 2013]… after decades of campaigning for his tribe’s right to live on their ancestral land…He had been repeatedly threatened in recent months…The Guarani of Guyra Roká were evicted from their land decades ago by ranchers…In 2007 they re-occupied part of their ancestral land…but most has been cleared for enormous sugar cane plantations. One of the principal landowners involved is powerful local politician José Teixeira…Ambrósio spoke out…against the planting of sugar cane on his community’s land, and against Raízen, a joint venture between Shell and Cosan which used the sugar cane for biofuel production. His community’s campaign with Survival International forced Raízen not to use sugar cane grown on Guarani land…The police are investigating the killing…