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Maxciel Pereira dos Santos was shot twice in the head for his family, according to a union representing workers like him

Brazilian official who has spent more than a decade protecting uncontacted Amazon weeks becomes & # 39; execution style & # 39; shot for his family

  • Maxciel Pereira dos Santos reportedly shot twice in the head for family
  • Santos has worked for more than 12 years to protect the indigenous people of Amazon
  • Union claim murder came as retribution for his work against illegal hunters
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Maxciel Pereira dos Santos was shot twice in the head for his family, according to a union representing workers like him

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Maxciel Pereira dos Santos was shot twice in the head for his family, according to a union representing workers like him

Reportedly, a Brazilian government official was shot for his family after 12 years of working to protect the indigenous people of the Amazon.

Maxciel Pereira dos Santos was shot twice in the head for his family, according to a union representing workers like him.

Mr. Santos was reportedly shot while riding a motorbike through a main street of Tabatinga, deep in the Amazon rainforest on the border of Brazil with Colombia and Peru.

He has worked for more than 12 years for the National Indian Foundation, Funai, a government agency that protects the rights of indigenous people.

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INA cited evidence that his murder took place in retaliation for Santos' role in fighting illegal raids by hunters, lumberjacks, and gold diggers in the Vale do Javari Reserve, home to the world's highest concentration of uncontacted indigenous tribes.

The Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo said the police investigated whether Mr Santos' death was related to his work in Funai, but did not have enough information to determine the motivation behind the crime.

Mr Santos' death comes in the midst of the ongoing anger of intense fires in the Amazon rainforest.

Mr. Santos was reportedly shot while riding a motorbike through a main street of Tabatinga, deep in the Amazon rainforest on the border of Brazil with Colombia and Peru

Mr. Santos was reportedly shot while riding a motorbike through a main street of Tabatinga, deep in the Amazon rainforest on the border of Brazil with Colombia and Peru

Mr. Santos was reportedly shot while riding a motorbike through a main street of Tabatinga, deep in the Amazon rainforest on the border of Brazil with Colombia and Peru

The death of Mr. Santos is in the midst of the ongoing rage of intense flames in the Amazon rainforest, which has put Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro under fire
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The death of Mr. Santos is in the midst of the ongoing rage of intense flames in the Amazon rainforest, which has put Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro under fire

The death of Mr. Santos is in the midst of the ongoing rage of intense flames in the Amazon rainforest, which has put Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro under fire

In just seven days in August, more than 9,500 fires tore through the dense rainforest of Brazil and activists claimed that most of them would have been lit by men working in the jungle, cutting land for cattle and logging.

Despite claims by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that during the & # 39; queimada & # 39 ;, the annual slash-and-burn, often uncontrollable fire, an increase of 84 percent over last year cannot be attributed solely to the during the dry season.

Despite claims by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that during the & # 39; queimada & # 39 ;, the annual slash-and-burn, often uncontrollable fire, an increase of 84 percent over last year cannot be attributed to the dry season only

Despite claims by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that during the & # 39; queimada & # 39 ;, the annual slash-and-burn, often uncontrollable fire, an increase of 84 percent over last year cannot be attributed to the dry season only

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Despite claims by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that during the & # 39; queimada & # 39 ;, the annual slash-and-burn, often uncontrollable fire, an increase of 84 percent over last year cannot be attributed to the dry season only

& # 39; It is very difficult to have natural fires in the Amazon; it happens but the majority comes from people & # 39 ;, said Paulo Moutinho, co-founder of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute.

Bolsonaro has been attacked amid claims that he is not doing enough to tackle the furious fires.

In August, Brazil rejected £ 18 million in aid from G7 countries to tackle the fires.

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