Man Defending Amazon Shot

Activist death is the fifth since May

Farming in the Amazon

Farming in the Amazon     Photo: Sam Beebe Ecotrust/Flickr

Obede Loyla Souza, an anti-logging activist who confronted illegal loggers in January, was found dead over the weekend from a gunshot wound to the head. Witnesses say they saw four loggers in a pickup truck searching for Souza shortly before he is believed to have died last week. Souza's death is the latest in a violent conflict between loggers and environmental activists in Brazil, five of whom, plus a witness, have been killed since May. Over the past 20 years, illegal loggers have killed as many as 1,500 activists protesting deforestation in the Amazon, which grew at an alarming rate last year, likely from increased demand for soybean plantations.

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